Man held for domestic violence charged with contacting victim from jail

By Dan Otis Smith | Oct 06, 2016
Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office Andrew Jura, 28, of Union

Rockland — Andrew Jura, 28, of Union, appeared in court Oct. 5. He has been charged with four counts of violating a condition that he have no contact with the victim in earlier aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, and violating condition of release charges.

Jura has been held at Knox County Jail since Aug. 7, when he was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman multiple times and holding a pillow over her face while telling her, “This is how you’re going to die.” The victim had told police Jura was angry at her for staying out late.

According to documents filed in Knox County Unified Court, Detective Don Murray listened to phone calls Jura made from jail and determined that he had been in contact with the victim in the earlier case. Murray said Jura addressed the victim by another person’s name, and that both referred to the victim in the third person during the phone conversations, apparently to conceal the fact that the they had been in contact.

Murray also interviewed the third party Jura and the victim had used as an alias for the victim, and found contradictions between the third party's account of the conversations and the tapes of the phone conversations..

The state has filed a motion to revoke Jura’s pre-conviction bail, which had been set at $5,000 cash.

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Dan Otis Smith joined The Courier-Gazette in 2016. He covers the towns of Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, and the Knox County Commission.

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