Man accused of trying to murder ex-wife

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man accused of choking his ex-wife into unconsciousness twice in succession is being held without bond on a charge of attempted murder.

Fairbanks police say the attack occurred early Saturday morning.

Manus D. McKeehan, 33, was arrested at the woman's home about 6 a.m. Saturday. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated, burglary and interfering with a domestic violence report in addition to attempted murder.

McKeehan choked the woman until she passed out, police said. Then, after she regained consciousness, he allegedly choked her again until she passed out a second time.

At some point in the struggle, she made it to a neighbor's house and police were called.

Officers found McKeehan in the woman's home. There was already a domestic violence restraining order to keep McKeehan away from the house, according to Fairbanks Police Sgt. Ron Bowers.

Bowers said a witness saw McKeehan driving to the residence, and McKeehan's blood alcohol level tested at 0.129, above the 0.08 allowed by law. Thus the DWI charge.

The charge of interfering with a domestic violence report stems from McKeehan allegedly taking a telephone away from the woman as she tried to call for help.

The victim was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

McKeehan was being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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