CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — A felony charged was dropped Thursday against a Charleston man who was accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat and injecting her with meth.
Kanawha County Magistrate Joe Shelton approved a motion made by Kyle Stowers’ attorney, Richard Holicker, to drop the malicious wounding charge after the victim did not show up for a preliminary hearing.
Stowers, 21, was arrested after the alleged incident on Dec. 21.
According to a criminal complaint, Stowers hit his girlfriend multiple times in the head, face and torso, causing bruises, lacerations, swelling and severe pain. Police said the incident took place inside a Charleston residence on Coral Drive.
The victim told police Stowers also struck her with a wooden baseball bat in the legs and unwillingly injected methamphetamine in her in her right arm.
The victim is 37 weeks pregnant, according to the complaint. She told police Stowers “left her for dead” at the residence and fled the scene.
Stowers was being held at the South Central Regional Jail with a $10,000 cash-only bond but was released Thursday evening.
The state objected to the motion to dismiss, Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Deborah Rusnak said. She said the office’s grand jury attorneys will now review the case.
Rusnak said the prosecutor’s office received information that Holicker told the victim in the case not to attend the hearing, but said Holicker adamantly denied that claim.