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Police: Man shoved woman down stairs to prevent her testifying
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Thomas Nicely

A man is accused of knocking out a woman’s teeth and fracturing four of her vertebrae “to influence and prevent her from testifying and attending court,” according to warrants signed by Gainesville Police.

The warrants allege Thomas Edward Nicely, 51, shoved the woman down some stairs Wednesday, May 9, on Davis Street. The damage listed including knocking out four teeth, fracturing four vertebrae, collapsing a lung and breaking her wrist.

Nicely was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated stalking and influencing testimony. He was booked Thursday, May 10, in to the Hall County Jail.

According to the influencing testimony charge, Nicely allegedly tried to “intimidate and seriously injure (the woman), a previous victim of his” to prevent her from testifying for a prior aggravated assault.

Attorney Larry Duttweiler declined to comment.

Nicely was previously accused of choking the woman and brutally beating her with a crowbar, according to police and court documents. He was charged March 2 with aggravated assault.

The incident allegedly took place on Industrial Boulevard.

According to the statement of charges in support of his arrest, Nicely allegedly “did intend to murder victim by strangling the victim with his hand to (the) point she could not get air flow and did black out.”

Nicely is also accused of hitting the 54-year-old victim in the ribs with a crowbar and hitting her in the face with a closed fist, according to the statement of charges.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook previously told The Times the victim was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

“The investigation revealed that the victim was with an acquaintance, Thomas Nicely, … when he became aggressive and confronted her,” Holbrook said in a previous news release.

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