GREGORY, S.D. — A Gregory man is accused of severely beating a woman who said she played dead in order to end the assault.

Court documents say 35-year-old Whitney Tyler Covey told investigators the woman “got what she deserved” in a July 13 assault that went on for 45 minutes. The charges against Covey accuse him of slamming the woman’s head against a cast iron stove and door frame and biting and strangling her.

The woman told investigators Covey threatened to kill her throughout the assault. She said she had to play dead and was later knocked out. A complaint says the woman awoke and was able to flee and call police.

The Daily Republic ( ) says Covey is charged with six felonies, including attempted second-degree murder. Covey’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Information from: The Daily Republic,

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