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Fishing line started fight that left girl in coma, boyfriend charged with attempted murder

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An 18-year-old man is behind bars after police say he beat his 17-year-old girlfriend then dragged her across the ground before strangling her Friday night.

The girl is now in a medically-induced coma, and her alleged attacker is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

“She’s bleeding and on the ground. She can’t walk,” a caller told a 911 operator late Friday night. “It’s her boyfriend, and he’s threatening and screaming at us to get back in the car, so I just need someone to be there.”

A friend says the fight started about something small: tangled fishing line. But police say that argument escalated at Michael Hutton’s home on Northwoods Drive. They say hutton went in the house and started beating his girlfriend Hannah Connaway.

Connaway’s friend was there and tried to stop Hutton, but she says he locked her out.

“I could hear her screaming, and it continued on for about 15 minutes till it moved into the front yard, and then the beating continued,” Claudene Williams said.

Police say Hutton strangled Connaway until she passed out.

One of Hutton’s ex-girlfriends says she has nightmares of what could have happened to her had she stayed in the relationship with him.

“He’s not a good guy, and I’ve forgiven him,” Montgomery Register said. “I’m a Christian 100 percent, and I’ve forgiven him, and I have no grudge against him or his family, but I feel for the people he’s put after me. After I left. After I gained the strength to walk away.”

But Connaway’s friends say it is not about Hutton

“He doesn’t deserve our thoughts,” Sunny Platt said. “She does.”

They say what really matters is their friend’s recovery.

Hutton was taken from a courtroom this afternoon in handcuffs and sent to jail under $1 million bond.

Prosecutors said Connaway is in the hospital in critical condition.


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