Indictment alleges man assaulted woman in wheelchair

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An indictment handed down Thursday by a Bowie County grand jury accuses a Texarkana, Texas, man of assaulting his disabled ex-wife.

Josh Wayne Weaver, 31, was allegedly angry at his former partner over some property Weaver had left in her house in the 200 block of Wade Lane in Texarkana, Texas, when the two argued May 24, according to a probable cause affidavit. The dispute became physical when Weaver allegedly grabbed the woman by her throat, lifting her from her wheelchair and throwing her to the floor.

The woman reported to police two days after the alleged assault that Weaver spent several hours torturing the woman as she lay on the floor, unable to flee or defend herself because of her disability. The woman told investigators Weaver intermittently grabbed her by the throat and pressed his thumbs to either side of it, cutting off her airway.

“The suspect further took blankets and held them over the victim’s head, restricting her breathing,” the affidavit states.

A grand jury indicted Weaver for Injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual. The second-degree felony offense is punishable by two to 10 years in prison. The case has been assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

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