TWIN FALLS — A felony attempted strangulation charge was dismissed Friday after a woman admitted in court she’d lied on a police report.
Richard William Ross was arrested Oct. 24 and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge still remains open. Court records say he tackled the woman to the ground and punched her in the back of the head and in the arm on the evening of Oct. 19 after an argument.
But during a preliminary hearing Friday in Twin Falls County Fifth District Court, the woman took the stand and testified she and Ross were in an argument that evening, but he didn’t physically hurt her.
She said she made a police report because “I was tired of the yelling.”
The woman left a voice message with the Twin Falls County Prosecutor’s Office asking to set up a meeting. When questioned about the message, the woman said in court Friday: “I stated he choked me, but he didn’t.”
The message was played in court. In the message, the woman said the man hit her, but her statement in the police report that he choked her was inaccurate.
She said in the message that he’s now being charged “for something I lied about.”
The woman said in court that choke marks on her neck were from two or three days prior when she was playing with her 3-year-old son and dog on the floor. She said Ross was at work at the time.
Ross is out on bond on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 10-month-old daughter, according to court records. Ross had left the infant sleeping unattended in her car seat in the family’s van June 23, a police report said.
Dr. Glenn Grobin, forensic pathologist with the Ada County Coroner’s Office, concluded the infant died as a result of hyperthermia due to being in an area with elevated temperatures.