By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man on probation for domestic violence has been ordered to appear in court on Feb. 3 on a felony charge accusing him of abusing the same woman three days after Christmas and interfering with a 911 call that her daughter was attempting to make.
Joseph Daniel Williams, 33, has been released from the Payne County Jail on $15,000 bail with an order to have no contact with the woman.
If convicted of domestic violence as a second offense, Williams could be imprisoned for as long as four years and fined $5,000. If convicted of interfering with an emergency phone call, Williams could be jailed for one year and fined $3,000, according to the two-count charge filed on New Year’s Eve.
In his new case, Williams was arrested at 6:01 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2019, after Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Miller made contact with him at a rural location where Williams used to live, an affidavit said.
Cushing Police Officer Christopher Haywood had been sent at 4:49 a.m. that day to the couple’s current residence on a possible domestic disturbance in which the call was disconnected, his affidavit said.
As the officer approached the house, a young man said that Williams had just left after hitting his mother, Haywood’s affidavit alleged.
In the house, the woman was crying while her daughter tried to comfort her, the affidavit alleged. The woman had a slight bruise under her left cheek under her eye, the affidavit said.
She said “Joseph had been drinking throughout the night and had become upset when she had been talking inappropriately with a friend,” the affidavit alleged.
When their argument became worse, she asked him to leave and he told her to leave, the affidavit alleged.
She said, “she refused to leave, so Joseph picked her up and slammed her on the floor and then proceeded to slap her across the face,” the affidavit alleged.
Her son said “he walked in to see Joseph slamming her on the ground and hitting her in the face,” the affidavit alleged. He said “Joseph took the phone from his sister,’ as she was on 911, the affidavit alleged.
After Williams was located at a house where the couple used to live, he claimed he woke up to the woman punching him in the back of the head, the affidavit alleged.
“I observed the back of Joseph’s head, but could find no marks,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
Williams continued to deny hitting the woman, who was referred by the Cushing officer to the Wings of Hope shelter and given the phone number, the affidavit said.
Only seven months earlier, Williams had been placed on one year’s probation under a deferred sentence after he pleaded guilty to throwing the same woman to the floor with force on June 9, 2018, court records show. Williams was ordered to complete individual counseling instead of the Menders’ domestic violence intervention program.
In that case, Williams had been arrested at 2:39 a.m. on June 9, 2018, at the couple’s former rural residence by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hopper.
The deputy wrote in an affidavit, “as I walked up to the house, I could see a white male, later identified as Joseph Williams, sitting in a lawn chair under the carport.”
Inside where the woman was sitting on the floor and crying with a bloody nose, “There was broken glass covering pretty much the entire floor in the kitchen and dining room. There were several pieces of dining room furniture knocked over that I had to step over to get into the residence,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“In the living room, I could see a TV that had been thrown off the TV stand and on the floor and was broken,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The woman said that they were at the Broken J bar where several people including Williams got into a fight in the parking lot, the affidavit said.
She said while she was driving them home, “Joseph was mad about the fight and that he wanted her to take him back to the bar to ‘finish the fight’ and she refused, the affidavit said.
When they got home, Williams was still yelling at her to take him back to the bar and made a comment about driving himself up there, so she took the keys and threw them across the street, the affidavit said.
“She says when she did that, Joseph got even more angry and was in her face yelling and starting to push her,” so she ran in the house and locked the door, but he got inside through the back door and started after her, the affidavit said.
She said to defend herself, she grabbed a BB gun and shot Williams, while she was yelling for her sister upstairs to wake up and help get him off her, the affidavit said.
“At that point, Joseph picked (her) up and threw her onto the floor where she hit her face on the floor and bloodied her nose. (She) states that at this point, Joseph started throwing things around the house and smashing things and then went outside while (her sister) called 911,” the affidavit said.
Williams said that both women were lying about everything, the affidavit said. However, another woman who arrived said that when Williams called her, he said “he had done a bad thing and destroyed his house,” the affidavit said.