Prosecutors work around uncooperative victims of domestic violence

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (12/6/2019) – “We have a domestic violence problem in Genesee County. We have way too much of it. We have way too many men beating on women. It’s a violent, heinous crime,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

Flint Township Police arrested Jason Maddox in May on charges of domestic violence and felonious assault.

Leyton explained the 40-year-old he and his girlfriend got into an argument at their home, leading to Maddox punching and biting the woman, hitting her with the handle of a knife and threatening to kill her and her children.

The woman’s 11-year-old son ended up climbing out of a window to get help.

“The victim, because she was so traumatized, decided that she was gonna change her story that she had originally told at the probable cause hearing in district court, where she told what we believed to be the truth,” Leyton said. “In circuit court, she told a different story about how it wasn’t this man who abused her, it was some other event that caused her to have the injuries she had.”

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