This isn’t a scene from a movie, but it could be. Police say 37-year-old Martez Bell was riding in his car on River Road with his girlfriend, Brittany Garrett. They two were having a disagreement when he grabbed her throat to strangle her while repeating that he was going to kill her. He then pulled onto a side road and stated this was where she was going to die. He stopped the car and pulled her out of the vehicle, and ordered her into the trunk.
She resisted and refused and was able to get back inside the car and lock him out. As she fled in the car, Bell jumped onto the hood. Brittany instinctively stomped the brakes, causing Bell to fall off the vehicle, allowing her to flee the scene and call 911. She suffered a broken arm as a result of Bell attempting to force her into the trunk.
Police say 27-year-old Joshua Murner went to the River Road home of Stevie Voss, who is his ex-girlfriend, just before 5 a.m. on a Sunday in late September, just two days after she ended the relationship. A camera captured him entering at 4:45 a.m., at which time he was yelling and screaming while heavily intoxicated. Voss says he grabbed her by the neck with both hands in an attempt to strangle her, then grabbed her wrists and bicep, leaving more bruises. Elizabeth O’Brien witnessed the assault and attempted to stop him, causing Murnder to grab her by both wrists, also injuring her. In the ten minutes before Murner fled the scene, and before police arrived, Murner also punched holes in four doors and took all of the food from the refrigerator, and threw it across the home, along with shattering glass across the floor. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was booked into jail Monday morning.
41-year-old State of Tennessee employee Leann ‘Lee-Lea’ Bernard was found unconscious behind the wheel of her vehicle in West Nashville, and medics alerted police when they revived her and she was stumbling around with no obvious medical reason. She eventually admitted to officers she had been drinking, and they located two empty beer cans and one nearly empty bottle of vodka in the vehicle. Bernard pleaded guilty to a prior DUI in July of 2019. She was given pre-trial release on the new charge. Bernard is a software developer under the Department of Finance, according to state records.