Juries are being summoned to sit for two criminal trials in Teton County District Court.

The trials, set to begin June 3 and June 17, are both for Mathew Seals, who is in jail accused of attacking his ex-girlfriends.

Seals, 34, faces four counts of felony aggravated assault, five counts of domestic battery, two counts of battery on a household member, one count of property destruction and one count of strangulation, a felony.

The cases are being tried separately because there are two victims.

But Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan said at a May 7 pretrial hearing that the circumstances are similar.

“There’s very little gap between the first course of events and the second course of events,” Allan said.

Two women accuse Seals of physically abusing them over the course of several years.

The suspect was arrested in July 2018 after one of the women showed up at the Teton County Courthouse to get a protection order.

Her account was so violent that police became involved.

Seals bonded out of Teton County Jail after his original arrest and was on the lam for several weeks before he was caught and arrested in Massachusetts and extradited to Wyoming.

He has been incarcerated since October 2018.

Since then Allan and Seals’ attorney, Elisabeth Trefonas, have been building their witness lists and evidence.

“This is an important case, and we’re not going to try and throw anything in here that would cause a reversal,” Allan told the court at the pretrial.

One of the alleged attacks happened in September 2017, according to records, and resulted in the victim having to have surgery.

After Seals’ arrest another ex-girlfriend came forward and said Seals violently attacked her several times when they were dating from 2013 to 2015.

“I experienced the most extreme physical abuse,” the victim wrote in an affidavit.

Seals fractured her arm, records state, but she told doctors she fell.

“He sat in the hospital with me and told me how much he hated what he had done and would never drink alcohol again,” the woman said.

The victim was out of work for two weeks because of the injury, police said. But Seals agreed to pay the medical bills.

“Matt agreed to pay all medical expenses since he had done awful damage to my body,” the victim told police.

The alleged strangulation attempt occurred in 2015 after Seals had been drinking and became angry, according to reports.

The state doesn’t anticipate offering any plea agreements in either case, Allan previously said in court, so both cases seem headed for trial.

Each trial is expected to take four to five days.

Kylie Mohr contributed to this story.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

(1) comment

Steven Kardas

Don't have any great expectations that justice will be served here for the alleged victims of Mr Seals. Just look at the case of Mr. Black, they can't keep that guy in jail. Mr Black , convicted woman beater, 16 priors and felonies, went from life in prison to be released soon. It just boggles the mind. You can't make this stuff up folks. So Mr Seals prospects look good that he will be a free man.

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