Newlywed accused of choking wife in bathtub, report says


Published: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

A newly married man was arrested Saturday night after deputies said he broke down the bathroom door of his home and choked his wife in the bathtub.

Shelton L. Walker, 37, and his wife of two weeks got into an argument in their home on Southeast 59th Place in Hawthorne in the early morning hours on Saturday, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman left the house around 4 p.m. in an attempt to calm the situation. She came back around 7 p.m. and went in the bathroom to take a shower, locking the door behind her. Walker knocked on the door moments later and accused his wife of speaking to another man on the phone.

The woman denied his accusations and continued to shower, deputies said. Walker forced the door open, tore down the shower curtain and shoved the woman with both hands. The woman fell in the bathtub and he placed both hands around her neck and choked her, the report said.

The woman broke away and called 911. Walker snatched the phone away, causing the line to disconnect. The woman ran out of the house and left in her vehicle.

She told deputies she was sore from the fall but did not need medical attention.

Walker was arrested on charges of battery and obstructing justice. He was being held in the Alachua County jail on Sunday on $15,000 bond.

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