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Woman to stand trial on domestic violence charges

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From page A6 | April 23, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of smashing her boyfriend’s face with a large ashtray was ordered Monday to face a jury trial on felony assault and domestic violence charges.

Letha B. Portis said nothing during her probable cause hearing, in which three Fairfield police officers testified about a drunken brawl and its aftermath at Portis’ apartment on East Tabor Avenue on the night of Feb. 24, 2013.

Portis and her boyfriend were arguing when she hit him a few times before he grabbed her arms and shoved her back onto a bed. As he tried to use his cellphone, she grabbed an ashtray and hit him with twice in the face, according to police.

When police arrived at the apartment complex, they found the boyfriend covered in blood in the parking lot. Portis was arrested and taken to jail. She has been locked up at the jail or in state mental hospitals since.

The day after the attack, the boyfriend told police Portis had not attacked him and that he had been mugged by two strangers in the parking lot.

Portis, who faces up to 22 years in prison for the alleged assault, has twice been declared mentally incompetent, which has delayed her probable cause hearing for more than a year.

Judge R. Michael Smith ordered Portis to return to court May 5 when dates for a jury trial may be scheduled.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Skeptic ScroogeApril 22, 2014 - 12:25 am

    Hope they filed false police report charges against him for the fake story the next day.

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  • Eye WitnessApril 22, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Skeptic Scrooge, actually, Jess Sullivan misstated the testimony. The victim never said anything but the truth to the police. Please don't take everything He writes as gospel. As we have seen on many occasions, he makes mistakes and can be biased.

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  • 2realApril 22, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Use a gun in a crime, your out in no time. Ashtray,? Theyll keep ya. Go figure?

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  • mescApril 22, 2014 - 6:47 am

    They need a conviction on her record. She will escalate the violence and next time use a different weapon. All violence needs to stop.

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  • My2centsApril 22, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Is this news because the domestic violence was committed by a women as featured in the headline? Men can be victims of domestic violence too. And women can be just as violent as men. This is a Sexist headline. There are many WOMEN DV victims in Fairfield every day, some who suffer serious injuries. Not only are their stories not deemed newsworthy by the DR, but certain Judges in Solano County WILL NOT issue restraining orders even when a victim presents evidence of physical injuries. All victims of DV are entitled to the protections offered by restraining orders if they have been injured in a DV situation. Judges who let their personal gender biases cloud their judgment need to go.

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  • LilApril 22, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Yeah, why doesn't the Daily Republic cover every case of domestic violence? There are a lot more of them than just this one woman. It's only newsworthy when a man is hurt but when women get hurt, nobody cares?

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Man bites dog = news. Dog bites man = not news.

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