Accused man tells his side.
The incident started, Ballard said, after he went to his girlfriend’s house after work. He said she became irate after finding an empty liquor bottle in her garage and accused of him of drinking. Ballard, who said he has had previous problems with alcohol, said he hadn’t had a drop to drink that day.
“She flipped out on me,” he said. “It escalated after that.” Ballard said the 40-year-old woman — whose identity is protected because she’s considered a victim of domestic violence — has a history of mental illness, which he said was the driving force behind her story to police.