Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Carroll Man, Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Domestic Abuse

On Thursday, January 14th, a Carroll man filed a not guilty plea to his charges of domestic abuse. 

38-year-old Nickolas Downs of Carroll was charged in December with a felony for domestic abuse, which is a class D felony. He filed his not guilty plea last week with Carroll county’s District court. Downs was arrested on December 18th by the Carroll Police Department after their investigation about an incident from December 10th. 

Downs is accused of striking a victim roughly 40 times, choking, and holding a knife to the victim’s neck. A police affidavit reports the victim’s injuries were so severe, the victim was not immediately recognizable. 

Last Thursday, Downs filed the not guilty plea and waived his right to a speedy trial. Jury proceedings are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 23rd, with a pretrial conference on March 11th.  If found guilty, Downs faces a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment and up to $5000 in fines.

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