Crime

Lexington man pleads not guilty to charges that he beat fiancée with a hammer, wrench

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Monday in Fayette District Court to charges that he hit his fiancée with a hammer and a wrench over the weekend.

Steven B. Christensen, 49, was arrested early Saturday after police went to a home on Sherborne Place in response to a 911 call.

According to court documents, officers found a large amount of blood on the floor of a garage, along with a bloodied hammer and a wrench.

Police said they spoke with Christensen, who had blood on his clothing and told them the blood belonged to his fiancée. Investigators later found his fiancée — who had injuries on her head, face and hands — at a neighbor's home. She said Christensen had struck her with the hammer and wrench, they said.

Police said they noticed a glass pipe on a table at the home.

Christensen is charged with second-degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He entered a not-guilty plea through his attorney Monday afternoon, and he is to be back in court Nov. 14.

Judge T. Bruce Bell ordered Christensen not to have any contact with his fiancée.

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