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Trial ordered in Portage Co. baseball bat attack


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A judge ruled Thursday that a 33-year-old Plover man must stand trial on charges accusing him of repeatedly hitting his girlfriend with a baseball bat and tying her to a towel rack during a domestic dispute.

The judge ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence against Jason Hyatt during a preliminary hearing to justify eight felony charges, including attempted first-degree homicide, false imprisonment, stalking and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Hyatt is to return to court Monday to enter pleas to the charges, according to Portage County online court records.

The girlfriend told investigators that she was restrained against her will from leaving the Plover apartment where the attack occurred about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 6 after she returned home from a bar, the criminal complaint said. The couple, who lived together, had been together earlier in the night and the girlfriend said Hyatt had been drinking since 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

Hyatt made multiple threats that he was going to kill the woman during the attack with an aluminum bat that was wrapped in a towel, the complaint said. He later apologized and said he loved her, the document said.

The girlfriend escaped and called police hours later when Hyatt fell asleep, the complaint said.

Hyatt's attorney, Michael Hughes, did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

Hyatt remains in jail on a $250,000 cash bail.

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