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Man attempted to kill wife during camping trip, charges state

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Midvale man is accused of trying to kill his wife during a camping trip.

Cedric Lamont Williams, 44, was charged Friday in Box Elder’s 1st District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.

Williams was camping with his wife at Willard Bay and had been drinking, when “at some point, he began accusing her of something and demanding she admit to it, but would not tell her what it was,” according to charging documents.

The woman attempted to leave their trailer, but Williams “pulled her back inside the trailer and began repeatedly punching her in the face and torso,” the charges state.

When Williams eventually left her alone, she called 911. When Williams discovered she had called 911 “he told her he was going to kill her” and “dragged the victim outside the trailer and began strangling the victim. The victim believed she was going to die,” according to charging documents.

The woman was able to run back into the trailer and hide while Williams got a ride with a friend and fled, the charges state,

“The victim was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with significant, life-threatening diagnoses, including multiple brain bleeds caused by the punching. The victim remained in the hospital for a week due to the injuries,” according to the charges.

A warrant was issued for Williams’ arrest.

Those who experience domestic violence can call police dispatch at 801-799-3000; the 24-hour victim advocate hotline at 801-580-7969; the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-7233; or the Utah LINKLine at 800-897-5465.