JEFFERSON — A 27-year-old Watertown man who is accused of beating his girlfriend after spending her birthday at a bar and later intimidating a witness appeared in Jefferson

County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Dominique H. Engstrom’s Thursday hearing was intended to be an initial appearance on a victim intimidation charge that was added in early October. However, he instead requested that a new attorney be appointed for him because of a difference of opinion with his original court-appointed lawyer, Karl Huebner.

Judge Bennett Brantmeier granted Engstrom’s motion for a new attorney to be appointed.

In his place, defense attorney Jessica Klein has been appointed.

Engstrom has been charged with one count of strangulation and suffocation, one count of false imprisonment, one count of misdemeanor battery, one count of disorderly conduct, three counts of misdemeanor THC possession, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of felony bail jumping and one count of victim intimidation.

The initial incident occurred Oct. 9, 2018, after Engstrom and his girlfriend had gone to a bar for her birthday, according to the complaint. There, another man put his arm around Engstrom’s girlfriend, which caused him to get upset.

The couple left the bar and on the drive home, Engstrom allegedly started yelling at her, choking her and preventing her from getting out of the car.

Eventually, the woman escaped the vehicle and Engstrom drove away.

Engstrom is scheduled to next appear in court Jan. 2, 2020, at 10 a.m.

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