A Ketchum man has been charged with felony domestic battery following an incident that allegedly occurred on Oct. 21 at the defendant’s residence.
McKitrick L. Burse, 45, could face a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Officer Alexander Romashko, Romashko was dispatched to the Ketchum residence around 1:30 a.m. Once on scene, Romashko made contact with the alleged victim, who was waiting outside the residence.
The alleged victim testified that she and her husband had gotten into an argument and he had grabbed her by the throat during the argument. In the report, Romashko noted a red mark on the front of the alleged victim’s throat and a mark on the right side of her neck.
“McKitrick stated he and [the alleged victim] had an argument about him coming home late after he had been out drinking,” the affidavit states.
Burse allegedly told Romashko that he had consumed four beers and two shots of alcohol in six hours.
At an initial appearance in 5th District Magistrate court on Monday, the alleged victim told the court that she did not wish to have a no-contact order against Burse and said that he does not typically drink.
Burse is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony crime.