- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A Havre woman has sued the Hill County attorney for dismissing a domestic violence charge against her former boyfriend last month.

The Havre Daily News reports (bit.ly/2mO3eYz) Martha Hernandez filed her complaint on March 10 arguing Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson was negligent and unprepared. Cole-Hodgkinson declined to comment on the complaint.

Court records say Cole-Hodgkinson asked the judge to dismiss the case saying she had lost contact with Hernandez. She told the newspaper last week that sometimes domestic violence victims become frightened about pursuing their cases.

Hernandez has said she spoke with Cole-Hodgkinson four days earlier and was willing to testify.

The woman’s former boyfriend, Eric Hawley, has three felony convictions for partner or family member assault. He was returned to prison after his arrest to complete an earlier sentence, but prison officials say he is set for release Sunday.

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Information from: Havre Daily News, https://www.havredailynews.com

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