PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (News4utah) – A man is in jail for suspicion of attempted murder after police responded to an emergency call from the suspects neighbor in Pleasant Grove.
Police were called to the home of Maurice Cory Gallon Jr. on March 8 after a neighbor reported to dispatchers that he could hear a woman saying “don’t kill me.”
When officers arrived and entered Gallon’s home, they heard the man yelling at a woman who was sobbing and begging him to not kill her. They were both inside a bathroom which was locked. Police broke through the door and found victim huddled in the bathtub with multiple injuries to her face and head.
A child was present inside the home while the incident was unfolding.
According to charging documents, the defendant immediately started saying it was his fault and he wanted to die. He told officers he was bi-polar and schizophrenic and the voices in his head were telling him to kill her.
The woman told officers Gallon started beating her because she was not paying attention to him when she was on the phone and he was trying to get her attention.
Gallon told the woman that he didn’t need to be here anymore and that he would just kill himself but if he was going to die that he was going to kill her. The woman said she tried to leave the apartment but Gallon took her keys and locked the front door. She said at one point he began to chase her so she locked herself in the master bathroom but Gallon was able to get inside where he started to punch her in the face, slam her head against the wall, and hit his head against hers.
The woman told officers the suspect began to choke her with both hands on her neck. She said during the incident he tried to choke her three times, one of those times, nearly losing consciousness.
The police report states they observed bruising on her neck consistent with the alleged strangulation.
Gallon has previously been convicted of felony strangulation assault in 2014 in another state.
Gallon also told officers that when his oldest daughter was three years old, the voices in his head told him to kill her and throw her out the window. Defendant admits it has been four months to a year since he has taken prescribed medication for schizophrenia.
Gallon was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on two first degree felony counts of attempted murder and three third degree felony counts of aggravated assault.
Bail was set at $25,000 cash only.
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