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Harlan man accused of beating woman

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a family night in Harlan County that one woman says turned violent.

Kathy Abner, 28, claims Dwayne Harris, 27, held her against her will and beat her. He is now behind bars charged with assault.

Kathy Abner says last Friday she was with friends at a home on Rose Street. She claims a long time friend of hers, Dwayne Harris, accused of her taking $500 from him. She said she did not.

"Then he turned around back around and proceeded to just start physically beating me. He knocked me unconscious two or three times. The next thing I remember, he was slamming me in the bathtub. It was not filled water," Abner said.

Abner says at least three teeth were knocked out.

"Yeah, I was scared for my life," she said.

She says Harris' cousin Chris Yount, who was also at the home, tried to save her. Police say Yount stabbed Harris in the leg. Yount was also arrested. Yount's wife says her husband was defending himself.

"Chris wouldn't have intentionally stabbed anybody cause he just had a newborn baby and it was his cousin. He didn't expect his cousin to turn on him like that," said Courtney Yount.

Harris declined WYMT's request for a jailhouse interview to tell his side of the story. Harlan Police say the whole case is still under investigation.

Harlan Police charged Harris with assault, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and burglary. Police say he was uncooperative and under the influence at the scene. He was treated at the hospital for the stab wound before going to jail.

"The mental damage will not go away for what he done that night for anybody in the house. I hate to see anybody in jail, but for what he done, I think he's paying the ultimate sacrifice," said Abner. "I think he needs to pay the price for what he's done, for the victims here," she said.

His bond is $20,000 full cash.

Chris Yount was charged with assault for the alleged stabbing. He is out of jail on bond. Police say they plan to take the case to the grand jury.

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