Man jailed for domestic battery

ADRIAN — A Racine man remains jailed following his Monday evening arrest for domestic battery.

According to court documents, Deputy Cole Bender responded to an Adrian apartment on March 29 after a neighbor called for help. The caller reportedly said the neighbors were fighting and that a boy named Dakota was “beating the hell out of his girlfriend.”

Upon arrival, Deputy Bender identified the assailant who had left the scene as Dakota Ray Shelton, age 25. The victim confirmed that Shelton had beaten her, and the officer reportedly observed red marks on the woman’s neck. The criminal complaint also alleged that the accused had tried to “choke her death” and Shelton admitted that he had used his belt to pull the woman back into the apartment when she was on the porch.

Shelton remains at TVRJ in lieu of a $1,500 cash bond set by Magistrate Mark Davis. If convicted of the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery, Shelton faces up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500.


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