Utah man Bryan Briggs, formerly of Jackson, is accused of biting, kicking and choking a woman three times in December at her Teton County home.
Briggs was arraigned last week on charges of felony strangulation and domestic battery in Teton County District Court.
His attorney, Ethan Morris, entered not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf. The 45-year-old is being held on a $100,000 bond at Teton County Jail.
He was arrested in December but bonded out and picked up on another warrant in February, and he has been in jail ever since.
Prosecutors warned the court that lowering the defendant’s bond might put community members at risk.
“This is a serious violent felony,” Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Carly Anderson said in court. “Mr. Briggs has an aggravated assault in his criminal history as well as a simple assault, which shows he has violent tendencies.”
Detectives with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the victim in December at her work.
In charging documents investigators noted the woman had two cuts on the front of her nose and had “visible light black-colored bruising in the middle of her chest and on both of her arms.”
The woman told police Briggs was at her house when he got “moody” and started looking through messages on her phone.
“On Dec. 4 while making lunch Briggs yelled at her because she had burned a grilled cheese sandwich and was mad she had to go to work that evening,” court documents state.
The victim told detectives Briggs chased her, grabbed her face and slapped her before pushing her up against the kitchen sink and kicking her in the back and legs.
The woman said she kept trying to get away, but Briggs pinned her against a door and bit her on the nose before grabbing her neck and throwing her to the ground.
She said Briggs choked her three separate times and told her he would kill her. The woman told police she genuinely thought Briggs was going to kill her, according to documents.
Police found blood spots and bloody rags and a broken planter during a search at the victim’s house.
She told detectives in a follow-up interview that Briggs had contacted her from a blocked number and said, “You better start watching your back.”
Judge Timothy Day warned Briggs during the hearing to not have any contact with the alleged victim.
He remains in Teton County Jail.
[If you’re a victim of domestic violence or found this coverage triggering, you’re encouraged to call the Community Safety Network at 733-7233. — Ed.]