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Domestic assault charge results from weekend Tyler Apartments incident

Staff Reports • Jan 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Tyler Apartments man was arrested Tuesday on a domestic violence charge stemming from a weekend incident.

According to a court affidavit, Joseph Lockner, 24, 3 Mel Circle, No. 1, was charged with aggravated domestic assault after he allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend, Kristin Overman, punched holes in her door and wall, as well as picked her up by the throat and choked her until she almost passed out Sunday.

Overman told police the argument started after Lockner asked her to go get more beer. Overman said she had her neighbor, Amanda Schwartzman, pick her up, left to buy the beer and stopped by the Family Dollar store to get other items.

Overman said when she returned to the residence, Lockner questioned her on why it took her so long and then started yelling and cursing at her in front of their 8-month-old son.

Overman said she left and asked Schwartzman to sit with her until Lockner packed his things to leave for the night. Lockner allegedly punched the holes in Overman’s wall and then stated he was going to take their son with him.

Overman protested and Lockner choked her in the kitchen and then again in their living room to the point of making her pass out, police said.

Police said Lockner was served with a warrant from the incident that occurred Sunday at his apartment. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond pending arraignment Wednesday.

In the arraignment, Lockner was served with a violation of probation warrant and placed on an additional $5,000 bond, making his total bond $25,000.

He scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

In August, Lockner was arrested on a burglary charge after a homeowner found him in a fire-damaged, unoccupied house on Tenn. Highway 36.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators said at the time the burglary was intended to help Lockner get his girlfriend out of jail. Court records showed an investigator found text messages sent from Lockner’s phone to other people indicating he was at the house to steal scrap metal so he could sell it to get money to make her bond.

One of the messages documented in court records stated Lockner was “at the burned house in bones creek stilling stuff.”

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