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Domestic abuse case set for Aug. 16 pretrial hearing

John Wesley Defatte Sr.

The case of a Lake George man accused of nearly killing his estranged wife during a domestic dispute one year ago is set for a pretrial conference Aug. 16.

John Wesley Defatte Sr., 70, is free on bail and was allowed to leave the state to visit an ailing son in California. Judge Paul Rasmussen ordered Defatte to sign a waiver of extradition, which means if he does not return for trial, California can send him back to Minnesota without jumping through the legal hoops required.

Defatte faces five felony charges in connection with the assault and burglary at the Lake George dwelling, in which he is charged with beating the woman with an ax handle after breaking in.

Among the charges he faces is the violation of an order for protection that had been filed to keep him from the premises.

The victim had numerous injuries including broken facial bones, a scalp laceration and bruises. In a statement to authorities, she indicated a long history of abuse at the hands of her husband.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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