- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The attorney for a man who escaped from police custody after being arrested for trying to rape a woman in February 2014 said he choked her because she was trying to attack him with knives.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1IpyA9D) that opening arguments in the trial of Kevin Briggs began Tuesday. Briggs faces several felony counts, including attempted sexual intercourse without consent and assault on a peace officer.

The woman alleged Briggs drugged, assaulted and tried to rape her.

However, defense attorney Annie DeWolf told jurors that Briggs and the woman had played some music, drank smoothies and both recreationally injected a prescription sleep medication before they got into a fight and the woman lunged at Briggs with a knife.

Briggs escaped from police after his arrest. He was apprehended in Portland, Oregon, three weeks later.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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