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Man puts shotgun in wife's face
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A man who allegedly held a shotgun to his wife’s head and doused her in Kool Aide has been bound to the grand jury on felony domestic assault charges.


The suspect, Jason Edward Yates, 31, waived his right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on charges of aggravated domestic assault, manufacture of drugs and reckless endangerment. His bond was reduced to $40,000 during his appearance before the court but he has been warned to stay away from the victim if he gets out of jail.


His charges come after he allegedly attacked his wife at their Rock Island home, hitting her in the head and face with his fists.


“He grabbed her and started to stranger her and stated he would kill her,” said Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Murphy. “He then grabbed a loaded 12 gauge shotgun and put it to her face.”


The reckless endangerment charge was brought because their 2-year-old child was in the room while the incident was going on and could have picked up the loaded shotgun.


“The shotgun was on the floor,” Murphy said, noting it had been placed there by Mr. Yates sometime during the fight. “The child was walking in the room where the loaded gun was.”


In addition to his charges for the alleged spousal attack, another count was leveled against him for growing marijuana. Investigators say they found two marijuana plants, both about three feet high, growing in black pots near a tree line about 20 yards from the back of his house.