A Lodi man accused of breaking his wife’s neck, leaving her paralyzed, appeared for his preliminary hearing Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court.
Brandon Meek, 50, is charged with second-degree reckless injury, domestic disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, battery to a law enforcement officer and obstructing an officer following his Sept. 8 arrest.
At his initial appearance Sept. 13, Judge W. Andrew Voigt ordered Meek to be held on $10,000 cash bond and he remains in custody.
The charges stem from a Sept. 8 incident at a home on Airport Road in the town of Lodi, where paramedics and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting an injury and a possible domestic incident.
Deputies arrived just before 10:30 p.m. and found Meek’s wife on a bed, being tended to by paramedics. The woman said she had neck pain and could not feel her arms or legs. She was later taken to the University Hospital in Madison.
The woman told officers that she and Meek would often fight in a “goofing around” way, but that it wasn’t the case that night and Meek was angry because he thought she was faking her injury.
Meek said that the two of them had been drinking and arguing, then he had heard a crash in the bedroom where he found his wife in bed yelling that her neck was broken, but he didn’t know how it happened.
Meek’s wife told officers that they had been arguing when Meek followed her into the bedroom and put her in a choke hold from behind with his forearm and then slammed her onto the bed, at which point she heard a crack in her neck.
When she told Meek to call 911, she said that he initially told her to shut up and “suck it up,” before eventually calling an ambulance.
Meek was arrested at the scene, and struggled with officers who twice used an electronic control device to get him under control. He also allegedly yelled, “You’re all dead men.”
Meek’s wife later told an officer that she had been told by doctors she would not walk again, but may regain limited use of her arms.
In court on Thursday defense attorney Alexander Kostal, having been just appointed, requested a later court date be scheduled. Meek is due to next appear in court for a return hearing Dec. 14.
If convicted of second-degree reckless injury as domestic abuse, Meek faces a sentence of up to 12 1/2 years in prison.