SOUTHINGTON - A local man has pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill a woman in her sleep.
Michael Walcott, 44, was arrested on Nov. 7 after police responded to a home on Flanders Road upon someone in the residence dialing 911, according to police. Both the caller and the victim reported hearing the sound of a gun racking during the domestic violence incident. Racking a handgun is done by moving the slide of the firearm to allow the first cartridge to move from the ammunition magazine into the chamber.
According to police, the racking sound was heard after Walcott allegedly threatened to kill a woman in her sleep. He then chased her upstairs, where she ran into a bedroom and closed the door, police allege. Despite the reports of the sound of a gun being heard, no one saw Walcott with a firearm, according to police.
In the home, police found a gun that they say he is not allowed to possess based on a prior felony conviction. Walcott faces charges of second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to these charges on Wednesday, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court.
During the hearing, Walcott’s attorney unsuccessfully argued in favor of a judge modifying a protective order that has been issued in the case. The change would have allowed him to contact the victim and his children.
State prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley objected to the protective order modification, saying there are numerous red flags in the case that cause her to have safety concerns for the victim. A family relations officer added that she fears the victim may be minimizing the incident, after the woman told court officials she would like to be able to contact Walcott.
During his arguments, Walcott’s attorney said his client has a constitutional right to see his children, adding that police did not find the gun on Walcott’s person. It was merely in the home, he said.
Walcott’s lawyer also said he has yet to verify that his client is a convicted felon who is prohibited from having a firearm, as the case in question goes back to the early 1990s.
Walcott, who is free on $10,000 bond, is due back in court on Feb. 8.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.