Former NU man faces charges in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mitchell Lee Palmer, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo. formerly of New Ulm, was arraigned Sept. 19 in El Paso County District Court, Colorado Springs, on felony charges including attempted murder and first degree assault.

Palmer pleaded not guilty to six charges, four of them felonies, including 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, and 1st Degree Assault (causing serious bodily injury). His jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 16, with a pretrial readiness hearing on Nov. 14.

Palmer was arrested on May 27 after allegedly beating and choking a woman after he came home drunk and got involved in an argument with her.

According to a Colorado Springs Police report on the incident, their investigation showed Palmer at one point had the woman pinned to the floor where he repeatedly punched her and elbowed her in the head and face. He then began choking her, telling her she was going to die, according to the report.

A roommate who was present at the time tried to stop Palmer, even hitting him in the head with a beer bottle, but he was unable to stop the assault. The roommate went to neighbors for help, who called 9-1-1. When police arrived Palmer had left the apartment. Police found him nearby. He lunged at a K9 officer and was Tasered before being taken into custody, according to the report.

The victim suffered a concussion, along with several bruises and lacerations. Palmer was treated for lacerations to his head, then taken to jail. He remains in custody in the El Paso County Jail, with bail set at $25,000.

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