William Dean The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — A Westover man kneed a transportation officer in the groin after being arrested for biting part of a man’s ear off, police say.

William Kingsley Clark is charged with malicious wounding by the Morgantown Police Department and battery by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.

MPD was called to a domestic violence incident on Listravia Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Monday, according to a press release. While on the way, officers were told Clark hit a woman in the face and was inside the kitchen, a criminal complaint stated.

Inside the kitchen, officers found Clark “highly intoxicated” with blood on his face, mouth and clothes and the victim, J.C., “bleeding profusely” with a large chunk of his ear missing.

People inside the house were yelling “he bit his ear off,” the press release said.

Clark was taken outside the house while EMS was called for the victim. Clark continued to fight and was “extremely belligerent” while being removed from the house, the release said.

J.C. told police he was trying to get Clark to leave when Clark bit his ear. The two went to the ground while Clark had J.C.’s ear in his mouth and J.C. used a frying pan to hit Clark in order to get him to stop biting, the criminal complaint said.

The investigation showed J.C. was at work and came home after being texted about a fight his daughter and Clark were having, the release said.

Both Clark and J.C. were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Clark was charged with malicious wounding after being evaluated, the release said. The victim’s condition was not given.

While in custody at the sheriff’s department, Clark started smoking a cigarette he had hidden along with a lighter, a criminal complaint said.

A transportation officer noticed and entered Clark’s cell where Clark “delivered several knee strikes to the groin” to the transportation officer and punched him in the face before being restrained, the complaint said. Clark is charged with battery for that attack.

He was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court where bond was set at $10,000.


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