Attempted murder suspect's case pushed back

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A judge on Tuesday granted a continuance for a Craig man accused of beating his girlfriend and choking her until she passed out during a fight at the couple's home in January.

Kevin Alexander Christopher, 21, of Craig, appeared in 14th Judicial District Court for arraignment Tuesday.

Christopher faces charges of reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, menacing and criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder. All the charges have a domestic violence charge attached.

At a hearing last month, Christopher's attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, said she is working with prosecutors on a plea agreement.

The deal would send Christopher to jail for up to two years on assault charges.

Under the terms of the plea, Christopher would plead guilty to third-degree assault, and sentencing would be left up to a judge.

Uhlmann asked for a continuance in the case Tuesday because she wanted more time to discuss the deal with her client, she said.

"I just want to make sure he understands what he is doing," Uhlmann said.

Chief Judge Michael O'Hara granted Christopher the continuance until May 3. But O'Hara told Christopher that because the charges against him are serious, it would be wise to stay in contact with his attorney.

Christopher spent more than a month in jail before posting $5,000 bail and being released last month.

Police said Christopher choked his girlfriend until she passed out and kicked her and punched her in the back of the head Jan. 24.

The fight started when Christopher's girlfriend tried to wake him up, according to the arrest affidavit in the case.

Christopher was heavily intoxicated during the incident, police said.

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