Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 30, 2013

Assault case has tragic ending

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — An Elmore City area man is now in jail as his live-in girlfriend has died from injuries authorities believe were caused during a domestic related assault.

Taken into custody this week was Brandon Shane Wesley Christian, 30, after Desiree Hill, 32, was initially listed in critical condition after being taken to Pauls Valley General Hospital.

Hill was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the OU Trauma Center in Oklahoma City. An autopsy is being performed by the state medical examiner’s office.

Christian was arrested by deputies with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department as search warrants were served on the Elmore City area rural residence shared by Christian and Hill. A vehicle was also searched.

Christian was taken into custody on a domestic assault complaint involving “great bodily injury.”

The allegation is related to events dating back to May, said Sheriff Larry Rhodes.

According to the sheriff, the facts and circumstances coming out of an investigation reveals a history of significant abuse and violence between Christian and Hill

In August 2012, a sheriff’s office incident report alleges Christian threatened to kill Desiree Hill.

The most recent incident began early Monday morning, June 24 when Hill arrived at the local hospital’s emergency room with internal injuries and visible trauma to her body.

Hill was unresponsive when she was brought in by Christian and another family member of his by private vehicle.

They came from a rural residence near the community of Katie where Christian and Hill have resided together.

A court affidavit shows Hill had sustained a severe injury causing bleeding in her brain. There was also bruising to her face, arm and neck. Early on she was not expected to survive.

During questioning with deputies, Christian is reported to have denied striking Hill.

Instead, he apparently claimed she at one point began to stumble while in a house and fell face first onto the floor, causing her unresponsive condition.

No other details have been released because a follow-up investigation is still ongoing.

“This is very much an ongoing investigation,” Rhodes said.

“Probable cause developed that led to an arrest. However, forensics investigation and additional interviews are continuing.”

Christian was arraigned on Wednesday in Garvin County District Court and bond was set at $250,000.

The sheriff added Christian has a lengthy arrest record and a 2010 conviction for aggravated assault and battery in this county.