By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man on probation for threatening to stab his ex-girlfriend with a large hunting knife and trying to strangle her last year pleaded guilty this week to abusing her two more times, in April and May of this year.
Robert Eugene Stallings Jr., 33, has been jailed since his last arrest on May 30 about 5 a.m. when a neighbor heard a woman screaming at 4:15 a.m. and called police, court records show.
The neighbor said, “I was woken up by a woman screaming. I went outside to see what the issue was. It was coming down in between two houses just east of me,” where he thought the woman “was getting beat up or raped,” according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Christopher Haywood.
The woman said, “she had been sleeping on the bed when Stallings woke her up demanding she unlock her phone so that he could look at her messages,” the affidavit said.
The woman said, “when she refused, Stallings slammed her against a wall. (She) said she tried to push back and Stallings bit her right hand just above the thumb,” the affidavit said.
The woman said, “Stallings then tried to drag her out of the bed. (She) said while being drug out of the bed, her right leg was scrapped against the bed’s wood frame,” the affidavit said.
When Stallings was asked what happened, he immediately said that the woman had bitten herself, the affidavit said. “Stallings then stated, ‘I never touched her,"” the affidavit said.
In another domestic violence incident on April 2, the woman said Stallings hit her with a lamp and dragged her by her right ankle, court records show.
The woman had obtained emergency protective orders against Stallings on Feb. 11 of this year and on April 23 of last year, but both were subsequently dismissed for lack of prosecution when she failed to appear in court.
When Stallings pleaded guilty to his two latest felony domestic violence charges, he did not have an agreement with the prosecution regarding his sentence.
Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler ordered that a background report be conducted on Stallings, who remains in jail on $15,000 total bail pending a Sept. 8 court appearance at which his sentencing hearing is expected to be scheduled.
Each of his latest felony domestic charges carries a maximum penalty of a four-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, court records show.
The judge ruled this week that Stallings had violated the four and one-half years of probation he was given with a 180-day jail term in 2019 for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.