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Woman accused of beating man over taxes

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A Bartholomew County woman was arrested after being accused of beating on her friend’s estranged husband, police said.

Martha R. Watts, 39, of 2713 N. County Road 500E, was arrested for battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Friday incident began after Watts’ friend got into a dispute with her spouse about an income tax refund, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

The two women were outside the estranged husband’s residence in the area of 16th and Michigan streets at 4:21 a.m. when police were called, Myers said.

Witnesses told investigating officers that as the confrontation between the separated couple became more heated, Watts intervened and struck the man in the face with a closed fist five to 10 times, Myers said.

The man said that, while the blows caused pain, he did not strike Watts back, Myers said.

Although the only visible injury on the man was a swollen lip, officers felt the witness’s testimony provided them pro-bable cause to arrest Watts,

Myers said.

After being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, bond for Watts was set at $3,500 surety or $350 cash. She was released the same morning, a jail spokeswoman said.

If convicted of the arrest charge, Watts could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and ordered to pay a fine of up to $5,000.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

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