A Pulaski County jury of six men and six women deliberated on Thursday, May 9, 2019 for less than twenty minutes before finding Timothy Matthew Kleeschulte, 36, of Rolla, guilty of domestic assault in the second degree.
The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brad Neckermann, while Circuit Judge John Beger presided over the trial.
The jury heard evidence that on the evening of March 9, 2018, a Rolla couple was driving down a city street when they saw a male standing over a female who appeared to be in distress. The couple turned around to check on the woman, and after realizing she had been injured, they called 911, according to the Phelps County Prosecutor's Office.
Within five minutes, Officer Leann Robertson responded to the scene and found the victim in a state of distress and observed fresh injuries to her face. The victim told the officers that her boyfriend had gone crazy and had repeatedly punched her with a closed fist.
Officer Joey Lahman responded to Kleeschulte’s residence, and after observing blood on his hands and jacket, arrested Kleeschulte for domestic assault. At trial, the victim stated that she had no memory of the events of March 9, 2018, but the testimony from the officers as well as the couple that had originally called 911 filled in the gaps for the jury, according to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s Office.
Judge Beger accepted the guilty verdict and set sentencing in the case for July 10. Due to the level of the offense and the defendant’s prior assault history, Kleeschulte is facing 3 to 10 years in prison.
Neckermann said, “I am thankful for the good Samaritans who saw something that concerned them and took the time to stop. People like that help make our community a better place. After they called 911, RPD collected the evidence that allowed me to secure a guilty verdict.”
Neckermann also thanked the jury for carefully listening to the evidence and reaching a just verdict in the case.