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It's not uncommon. In fact, experts say a woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States.

According to the police affidavit, McCready's boyfriend, Billy McKnight, entered her home through the garage. "He came up behind me and said, 'You're not going to make a fool of me, and you're not going to go out with other guys in Nashville. I'm going to kill you,'" Mindy recalls. "He had a crazed and wild look in his eye that I have never seen him have before."

Terrified of what Billy would do next, Mindy says she tried to lock herself in her bedroom. Seconds later, Mindy says, Billy broke down the door. She alleges that Billy then grabbed her by the hair, smashed her head against her bed's headboard and hit her in the face. "When he hit my nose, it exploded because I could see my blood on his face," Mindy says. "I tried to get off of the bed and that's when he grabbed me by my throat and picked me up in the air by my throat. The pressure was so hard I thought that at any moment I was going to lose consciousness."

When Billy stumbled on a bedspread, Mindy says, she saw a chance to escape, but Billy chased her. "He kind of tackled me, and as I hit the floor, I couldn't catch my breath because he had fallen on me. I was gurgling on blood, I was trying to cough it out and I lay there crying and he got up and looked down at me."

Mindy says that Billy apologized for what he had done, then picked her up off the floor, laid her on a couch and left. "I lay there for a while thinking he was going to come back and help me," Mindy says. "He never came back. As long as I live, I will never get over it. I will never forget it. And I will forever be haunted by it."

After the police arrived, Billy McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He posted bond and now awaits trial.
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Published on November 03, 2005

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