Assault case headed to county grand jury

AUSTINTOWN — The Salem man accused of beating his girlfriend and leaving her in a Mahoning County hotel room while he attended a court hearing for other charges of assaulting her in Columbiana County, returned to court in Mahoning County on Monday.

Christopher Hyler, 28, Depot Road, Salem, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the assault charge. According to WKBN 27 First News, Hyler who yelled at the judge last week was not any calmer when he appeared this time.

First he caused chaos in the holding area, which could reportedly be heard from the court room. Then he had to be restrained by several officers, damaged the wood door frames down the hall and was slamming his body against the walls. Hyler showed that same aggression during his hearing on Oct. 26 and when the judge was attempting to explain his charges, he cried out, “No I didn’t do anything wrong! Jesus told me to get the demons out of her! How am I in trouble?”

When Hyler’s girlfriend, Regina Neill, did not appear in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Oct. 25, the prosecutor’s office dismissed the assault charges against Hyler from the summer because they were unable to locate the witness. On the same day, she was reportedly found in the hotel room, bleeding and injured so badly, police reportedly said she could not even open her eyes.

According to WKBN, Hyler was quiet after he entered the courtroom on Monday. They described his behavior as cooperative and noted he even “flashed a little smile” for people who came to the courtroom.

The case in Mahoning County will be forwarded to the Common Pleas Court Grand Jury. The two assault charges in Columbiana County Municipal Court were refiled on Friday. A warrant has been issued in case so if he should be released in Mahoning County he will instead be transported to Columbiana County.

Hyler is accused of assaulting Neill on both July 26 and Aug. 1, striking her in the face several times and choking her.