Valley Head man facing felony

ELKINS — A Valley Bend man is facing a felony charge after a temporary protective order was filed against him.

Kodi Lee Tingler, 26, is charged with strangulation. Tingler’s bond was set at $25,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Mike Dyer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Trooper E.B. Malcomb of the West Virginia State Police, the officer was dispatched to serve a temporary protective order against Tingler on Jan. 5.

The complaint states that at approximately 4:45 p.m., Malcomb made contact with the alleged victim who filed the order against Tingler.

“(She) had visible bruising of her right orbital area, on her forehead and petechiae around her neck,” Malcomb said.

According to the complaint, the alleged victim informed Malcomb that Tingler was not in a good mood when they woke up on the morning of Jan. 4, at which time he requested to “go through her phone” and attempted to search her purse.

“When she attempted to stop him from going through her purse, he headbutted her,” states the report, adding that the alleged victim then headbutted Tingler in self-defense. The alleged victim then advised Malcomb that Tingler became angrier, began to punch her in the face and kicked her seven to eight times, the report states; she then stated that Tingler grabbed her neck as she was walking away, indicating that “it felt as though she could not breathe” and “there was enough pressure that she couldn’t get airflow.”

According to the complaint, the alleged victim’s injuries were consistent with being physically struck in the face and strangled.

If convicted, Tingler could be fined up to $2,500, imprisoned in a state correctional facility for one to five years, or both.


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