He grabbed her throat during an argument. He let go when kids screamed, Euless police say

A Euless man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and her young daughter in a Fort Worth apartment grabbed her throat during an argument in 2016, but he let her go when her children screamed.

Paige Lawyer grabbed her throat a second time during that December 2016 argument and pushed her back, according to Euless police reports.

That was the second time in 2016 that Euless police responded to a domestic violence call involving Lawyer and O‘Tishae Womack. He was issued a citation in one case and ordered to attend an anger management program after the other one.

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Paige Lawyer, 38, of Euless Courtesy: WFAA-TV

Lawyer, 38, was charged three times in 2017 with abusing Womack in Fort Worth.

He is accused of killing and her 10-year-old daughter, Kamyria Womack, inside of the their east Fort Worth apartment on Friday. They died from strangulation, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner‘s office.

Friday afternoon in a bedroom and her mother was in the kitchen at their condominium in the 200 block of Shady Lane Drive. Their bodies were found after a family member called 911.

The bodies of a Fort Worth woman and her 10-year-old daughter were found Friday in an apartment in the 200 block of Shady Lane Drive. Courtesy: Google Maps

Lawyer fled Tarrant County, but he was arrested Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn., just outside Nashville. He remained in a Tennessee jail on Tuesday awaiting extradition.

The Euless police reports gave these accounts of the assaults in 2016:

Lawyer and Womack began dating in the summer of 2016, and she later moved to his Euless apartment on Vine Street. Her three children from a previous relationship also moved in.

On Oct. 4, 2016, Euless police responded to a disturbance at Lawyer‘s apartment. Womack told police that she and Lawyer got into an argument after she threw his cellphone into the kitchen when she found out he was texting his ex-wife.

Womack walked into a bedroom and closed the door, but Lawyer kicked it in. She walked to the living room where he slapped her and tried to put his hands around her neck.

Lawyer claimed there was no assault, just a verbal argument. He was arrested, fined $517 and ordered to attend 12 hours of anger management.

On Dec. 11, 2016, the couple got into an argument when Lawyer asked Womack to leave his apartment. Womack got on her cellphone to call her cousin for a ride when Lawyer grabbed it believing she was calling police.

Womack told Euless police that Lawyer grabbed her throat, but he let go when the children started screaming, according to the police report. He grabbed her throat a second time when she started to call Euless police. Lawyer fled the apartment.

Euless officers arrived, but Lawyer had still not returned.

A few hours later, Euless police returned when Womack reported that Lawyer had broken a glass window at the apartment. Officers located Lawyer and took him to a local hospital for treatment for cuts on his arm.

Because Womack was moving out of the apartment, Euless police issued Lawyer a citation for assault-family violence and released him.

On Jan. 6, 2017, a victims assistance brochure was sent to Womack, according to the Euless police report.

According to Tarrant County court records, Lawyer was accused of choking Womack on Jan. 8, 2017, in Fort Worth.

But that next month, Womack went to the Tarrant County district attorney‘s office and signed an affidavit of nonprosecution, asking that the January 2017 assault case be dismissed.

Lawyer was sentenced to 18 months‘ deferred adjudication probation.

Lawyer was charged two more times in 2017 with assaulting Womack and she again attempted to have the charges dismissed, according to court records.

Lawyer claimed Womack was mentally ill and was filing false police reports against him in retaliation for him wanting to leave their relationship.

The two assault cases were pending against Lawyer at the time he was accused of killing Womack and her daughter.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

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