CRESTVIEW – A 47-year-old man is scheduled to appear before a judge Jan. 4 on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and sexually assault on a person age 18 or older.
Everette Lee Booth of Crestview was served with an arrest warrant Dec. 1 by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in connection with an alleged incident from July 2015. Booth was released from the county jail Dec. 2 after posting a $40,000 bond.
On July 16, 2015, a sheriff’s investigator interviewed a woman at a home in Crestview where Booth allegedly had strangled and sexually assaulted her.
“Although there was an active no-contact order protecting the victim from Booth, they spent the evening together,” the investigator said in the arrest report.
During the interview the woman said Booth came to her house the night before and accused her of sleeping with other men, according to the report. It also stated Booth “made her swear on her grandchild’s life that she hadn’t slept with anyone else; he would not allow her to leave the bedroom and he took her phone. The victim said Everette grabbed her by the neck and squeezed 'really hard' with both hands while threatening to kill her and then kill himself.”
The woman told the investigator she faced 'many, many hours of terror' while trying to fight off Booth, who forced her to have intercourse, according to the report. The woman also said that she tried to defend herself by biting one of Booth’s legs and cutting one of his hands with a knife.
During a July 16, 2015 interview with Booth, the investigator reported Booth “said he was aware of the no-contact order, but he went to her house anyway and they had consensual sex.” Booth “did not deny threatening to kill” the woman and “displayed deception in his verbal responses during the interview,” the investigator said.
During the investigation a sexual assault exam kit was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis. Booth’s DNA also was submitted for comparison, according to the investigator.