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By Lisa Redmond

MediaNews

AYER — A 52-year-old Ayer man is facing attempted murder and other assault charges after his girlfriend told police he flew into a rage during a crack-cocaine bender choked and slammed her head against a wall until she was unconscious.

The 37-year-old girlfriend told Ayer police that during the assault, Richard White screamed, “I’m gonna kill you. Tonight you’re gonna die,” according to court documents.

At his arraignment last month in Ayer District Court, White, who has had a series of restraining orders on his record, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

He was ordered held without bail after a dangerousness hearing. A probable cause hearing scheduled for Dec. 21 was postponed until Jan. 25.

According to court documents, at 2:24 a.m. on Nov. 22, White’s girlfriend came into the Ayer police station to report the alleged assault.

The victim told police that she and White got into an argument in his room at the Ayer Motor Inn after he finished smoking crack cocaine. The argument turned violent when White allegedly grabbed the victim with both hands around the neck and began to squeeze.

At some point the victim said she was face down on the floor with White on took of her choking her and telling her he was going to kill her, court documents state.

The victim told police she couldn’t breathe and feared he would kill her.

At some point, White allegedly began slamming the victim’s head against the wall. She told police she lost consciousness, then awoke and he was still slamming her head, court documents state.

Fearing for her life, the victim told police she struggled to free herself and ran from the motel room.

Police noted they could see finger prints on the woman’s neck and a lump on her forehead. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

When confronted by police, White allegedly said he was defending himself.

White’s criminal record shows he has a 2004 conviction from Fitchburg District Court for assault and battery, and since 1995 three different women, including his last girlfriend, have taken out at least eight restraining orders against him.