An Ardmore man is facing complaints for domestic abuse with a prior pattern of physical abuse following an alleged assault and battery incident that occurred in September.
According to Carter County court documents filed Nov. 20, an officer reportedly met with the victim at the Ardmore Police Department where she gave a detailed account of the events.
The victim reportedly told officers that Michael Callen Copeland, 49, struck her several times all over her body with a broom handle the morning of Sept. 30. In an affidavit, the officer wrote that he observed dark purple contusions forming on the victim’s right arm, upper bicep, left cheek and torso area.
The victim reported that some of the injuries on her person were from the previous 72 hours, where Copeland had allegedly continued to abuse her. A crime scene investigation technician took photos of the victim’s injuries while she was at the police station, according to the affidavit.
A warrant for Copeland’s arrest was issued Nov. 20 and he was taken into custody Nov. 21.
Copeland has been convicted of domestic assault and battery on multiple occasions in the past, according to court documents. The documents list three separate dates on which Copeland was convicted: April 16, 2014; Sept. 7, 2012; and Sept. 8, 2010.
If found guilty, Copeland faces imprisonment for a term of no more than 10 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. A preliminary conference is set for Dec. 19 and Copeland’s bail is set at $1,000.