Missouri lawmaker's aide accused of choking woman - KMOV.com

Missouri lawmaker's aide accused of choking woman

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker's legislative aide has been arrested after a woman claimed he choked her until she lost consciousness.

Court records show Republican Rep. Mike Kelley's aide Kolton Babb was arrested Wednesday in Columbia and charged with domestic assault.

Babb's attorney says he denies the allegations and will plead not guilty.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the alleged incident took place when Babb was talking with a 20-year-old woman Wednesday morning in a Columbia house.

The woman said Babb placed a chemical-smelling rag over her mouth and nose. She told police he choked her until she lost consciousness after she pushed him away

The 22-year-old Columbia resident posted a $10,000 cash bond Wednesday. Babb is not allowed to make contact with or be within 500 feet of the accuser.

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