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Prosecutors drop charges in baseball bat attack

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against a 33-year-old Plover man accused of hitting his girlfriend with a baseball bat and tying her to a towel rack during a domestic dispute, online court records said.

Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn granted the request but allowed the charges to be refiled, online records said.

Jason Hyatt was charged with eight felonies, including attempted first-degree homicide, false imprisonment and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, in the October attack.

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors asked only that his trial be delayed because the victim was unavailable. They told the judge she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and they were concerned about her health, online records said.

The judge granted that request, moving the trial to May before prosecutors asked that the charges be dismissed, court records said.

District Attorney Louis Molepske said the case was dismissed because the state could not proceed for a speedy trial, given the victim's was unavailable for medical reasons.

The victim wants the charges prosecuted and they will be refiled, perhaps yet this week, starting the case over, Molepske said.

Hyatt's attorney, Michael Hughes of Stevens Point, did not immediately return telephone messages Tuesday.

The girlfriend told investigators that Hyatt 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 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.

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