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Killeen man pleads not guilty as assault trial starts

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Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 2:57 pm | Updated: 11:07 pm, Mon Jan 6, 2014.

BELTON — The trial of a Killeen man accused of assaulting a disabled woman began Monday morning in Bell County District Court.

Willie Lee Ockletree, 44, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ockletree pleaded not guilty Monday, shortly before jury selection began.

Police arrested Ockletree on March 12, after responding to a 911 call in which the caller hung up before speaking to an operator, according to an arrest affidavit.

The number traced to a home in the 700 block of Houston Street in Killeen. When an officer approached the home, he heard a man — later identified as Ockletree — and a female arguing, the affidavit stated.

The officer knocked on the door and Ockletree answered. Police found the woman sitting on a bed next to a walker.

The woman told police Ockletree had held her face down on the bed with a pillow, grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her. She also said Ockletree struck her with an open hand, the affidavit stated.

The woman had a swollen and cut lip and complained of pain to her lip, neck and hand, the affidavit stated.

The woman told police she required a walker to get around. Ockletree later told police he was aware of the woman’s disability, the affidavit stated.

Because he has two previous felony convictions for burglaries in 1991 and 1988, Ockletree could face a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, if convicted. The maximum sentence he faces is life in prison.

Ockletree’s trial continues today.

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