LIMA — Testimony began Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court as a jury trial got underway for a 38-year-old Alger man charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and domestic violence allegedly directed at his former girlfriend.
Prosecutors say Karl Duncan assaulted and threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend, Angela Rogel, during a verbal altercation that turned physical on the evening of Feb. 24 on Kingston Avenue in Lima.
Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines, in his opening remarks to jurors, said Tuesday testimony and physical evidence in the case will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Duncan restrained Rogel at knife-point and restrained her from leaving the camper in which they were residing “for several hours” on the night in question.
“Once you’ve seen the evidence and heard the testimony, you will have no other choice than to return guilty verdicts on all counts,” Thines said.
Defense Attorney Carroll Creighton deferred his opening remarks to jurors.
Rogel was the first witness called by the state. She recounted how on the afternoon of Feb. 23, Duncan had been drinking vodka in the camper that was parked on the property of Duncan’s brother.
Rogel said her former boyfriend was “yelling and screaming” as he accused her of being unfaithful and other indiscretions.
“He grabbed my hair and swung me back and forth, and then he held me down on the bed and hit me with a closed fist,” Rogel testified. “Then he pulled a knife out of the kitchen drawer and held it to my eye. He said I wasn’t going to leave him or he’d (expletive) kill me. He told me I wouldn’t make it out of the driveway because he’d cut me, and I’d bleed to death first.”
Rogel cried often during her time on the stand, stating more than once that she was afraid for her life during the altercation.
“He said that if I tried to leave, he’d kill me,” Rogel said.
The woman told jurors she waited until Duncan passed out before leaving and walking to the Speedway gas station on St. Johns Road, where she asked an employee to call the police.
Duncan was subsequently arrested. According to court documents, he told police Rogel fabricated the story.
Testimony will resume in the trial on Wednesday.