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.
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