Magazine article The New American

Domestic Duel

Magazine article The New American

Domestic Duel

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Chad Hill and girlfriend Ashley New had been dating about four months when, on June 14, New arrived badly beaten at a hospital in Missoula, Montana. She was suffering from several facial fractures, a concussion, two black eyes, and sundry scrapes and bruises.

Ashley New claimed that she did not know who had assaulted her, but the investigating police officer became suspicious of Hill because it appeared that New had been choked and punched from the front. The officer tried to follow up, but was not successful.

On the morning of June 20, New and Hill were in the apartment when Hill became angry and, according to a subsequent affidavit supporting a warrant for his arrest, bellowed that he "was going to break the other side of her face." He began kicking and striking New and dragging her around by her hair.

The enraged Hill then took a handgun from a dresser drawer, placed it on the corner of a bed, and threatened to kill New unless she grabbed the firearm first. …

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