LIMA — Jurors in the trial of Alger resident Karl Duncan heard, on back-back days, widely differing accounts of an alleged assault and kidnapping incident that took place in Lima earlier this year.
It was a classic case of “he-said, she-said.”
And after three hours of deliberation that concluded shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, jurors had not yet reached a unanimous conclusion on whether it was “he” or “she” who told the truth.
Jurors agreed to resume their deliberations Thursday morning in the trial of Duncan, a 38-year-old Alger resident charged with felony counts of kidnapping, felonious assault and domestic violence.
The charges stem from an incident during which Duncan is alleged to have assaulted and threatened a woman with whom he had been involved in a romantic relationship.
Angela Rogel, who described herself as Duncan’s live-in girlfriend, testified Tuesday during the trial’s opening day that Duncan purchased vodka and became intoxicated on the afternoon of Feb. 23, a day that ended hours later after he had beaten her with a closed fist, tossed her around by the hair and threatened her with a hunting knife over the span of several hours.
On Wednesday, Duncan said none of those things ever happened.
Taking the witness stand in his own defense, the Alger man said he drank beer, not vodka, on the night (not day) in question. And he vehemently denied striking the woman, holding a knife to her eye or threatening to kill her.
“I didn’t lay a hand on that woman,” Duncan told jurors.
He also refuted a claim by Rogel that the couple lived together for much of the past two years, claiming they merely stayed together on occasion.
Jurors on Wednesday also viewed a jailhouse interview of Duncan, during which he told Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Don Geiger more than once that “I didn’t do nothing” to Rogel on the night in question.
The alleged altercation between the pair is said to have taken place at a camper parked on the property of Duncan’s brother on Kingston Avenue in Lima. Rogel testified that she escaped the camper and walked more than a mile to a Speedway gas station to call police following the alleged incident.
The woman testified that Duncan had “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.”
“That’s just not true,” Duncan said on the witness stand Wednesday.
“The bottom line, sir, is that I didn’t do none of this,” he told Allen County Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill.