Man faces attempted murder charges after attacking woman

Man faces attempted murder charges after attacking woman (Image 1)

A Nashville man faces five charges, including attempted murder, after police say he entered a woman's Murfreesboro apartment early Monday, leaving her with lacerations to the head and puncture wounds to her leg.

Investigators with the Murfreesboro Police Department said the violent attack involving Reginald Barkley occurred around 2 a.m. at the Tennessee Park Apartments at 2315 Mercury Blvd.

Late Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for a local hospital told Nashville's News 2 the victim was treated for her injuries and has since been released.

The Rutherford County District Attorneys Office added the victim had taken out a protective order against Barkley on January 30.

The office indicated that Barkley, 46, had been apprised of the order, but had not appeared in court to answer it.

According to the D.A.'s office, Barkley pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against the same woman last February, and that as a condition of his eventual probation, he was not to have any contact with her.

“What happened this morning in Rutherford County is not surprising to me,” said Pamela Sessions who runs various programs at Nashville's YWCA, including a domestic violence program. “We have seen incidents like this repeatedly.”

Sessions says these protective orders can make someone back off, but she's seen it go the other way as well, fueling rage.

“Sometimes it makes people angry and they become more persistent in coming after a person,” she told Nashville's News 2.

Police reports said Barkley told investigators, “I caught the b*%$# with another man.”

Barkley is charged with attempted second degree murder, which carries a bond of $300,000 dollars.

He also is charged with especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, vandalism over $500 dollars and aggravated assault while a protective order is in effect.

The four other charges carry a bond of $50,000 dollars each, according to the Rutherford County District Attorney's Office.

He remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.

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