Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle

Domestic Violence: Man Beats Girlfriend over Facebook “Like”

28-year-old Marcus O’Neal of Springfield, Missouri attacked the mother of his four children because she “liked" a photo on Facebook of her female friend who was striking a pose with a man that made him jealous.

After his girlfriend insisted she had zero interest in the man, O’Neal shut all the windows in the house so the neighbors wouldn’t be able to hear the cries of his girlfriend and children. The man slapped his girlfriend on her face and stripped her of her clothes to look for signs of infidelity. When she attempted to escape to the bathroom, O’Neal picked her up by the neck and took her into the bedroom. He then turned to his children—who were watching everything unfold—and told them their mother was cheating on him. When the children pleaded with their father to stop, he threatened to kill their mother and grandmother.

The 28-year-old was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic assault and taken to the Greene County Jail with a $25,000 bond set.

According to A.R.S. § 13-3601, domestic violence in Arizona means any act which is a dangerous crime and:

  1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.

Domestic violence is a rising problem in Arizona, and offenders will face severe punishments including prison time and a felony record.

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