Millington man accused of trying to kill woman, dogs

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A Millington man was arrested after police say he tried to kill a woman and her dogs.

It all happened late Sunday evening after the victim told Shelby County deputies that she and James Black had been involved in a verbal altercation that quickly escalated into violence.

The victim told deputies she was in her bathroom when Black entered and punched her in the face.

She claims he then began choking her. He told her he was going to "kill her this time" and continued to press against her throat. She said she pretended to lose consciousness, so he let go.

Authorities said Black then started choking the woman's dog and stabbed one of them in the side.

At some point, the victim said she was able to run to a neighbor's house down the street, but Black followed and in the front and bedroom doors in an apparent attempt to continue the attack.

He left when authorities were called.

SCSO reports the woman and dog are expected to be okay.

Black was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals and attempted second-degree murder.

He's due in court Tuesday.

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