- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A West Springfield woman accused of wrapping a phone cord around her boyfriend’s neck and choking him until he passed out has been released without bail, but ordered to stay away from him.

The Republican reports (https://bit.ly/2aYpb32 ) 36-year-old Diana Pena, who has denied charges of attempted murder, strangulation and assault and battery, was released Thursday following a dangerousness hearing.

The judge ruled in Pena’s favor, saying the evidence was weak and the man didn’t testify.

Prosecutors had sought to hold her without right to bail until trial.

Police say they found the boyfriend bruised, bleeding and with marks on his neck while responding to a 911 call Tuesday.

Pena testified that her boyfriend hit her in the past, and had pulled her out of bed late Monday before beating her.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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