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Fishing line started fight that left girl in coma, boyfriend charged with attempted murder


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An 18-year-old man is behind bars after police say he beat his 17-year-old girlfriend then dragged her across the ground before choking her Friday night.

The girl, who was in a medically-induced coma earlier Tuesday, is now listed in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Her alleged attacker is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

"She's bleeding and on the ground. She can't walk," a caller told a 911 operator late Friday night. "It's her boyfriend, and he's threatening and screaming at us to get back in the car, so I just need someone to be there."

A friend says the fight started about something small: tangled fishing line. But police say that argument escalated at Michael Hutton's home on Northwoods Drive. They say Hutton went in the house and started beating his girlfriend Hannah Connaway.

Connaway's friend was there and tried to stop Hutton, but she says he locked her out.

"I could hear her screaming, and it continued on for about 15 minutes till it moved into the front yard, and then the beating continued," Claudene Williams said.

Police say Hutton choked Connaway until she passed out.

One of Hutton's ex-girlfriends says she has nightmares of what could have happened to her had she stayed in the relationship with him.

"He's not a good guy, and I've forgiven him," Montgomery Register said. "I'm a Christian 100 percent, and I've forgiven him, and I have no grudge against him or his family, but I feel for the people he's put after me. After I left. After I gained the strength to walk away."

But Connaway's friends say it is not about Hutton

"He doesn't deserve our thoughts," Sunny Platt said. "She does."

They say what really matters is their friend's recovery.

Hutton was taken from a courtroom this afternoon in handcuffs and sent to jail under $1 million bond.

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Mental Health Stigma and Lack Of Low Costs Meds

The perpetrator should be screened for Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. This boy apparently had symptoms for many years as indicated by previous violent outbursts. Many people with undiagnosed mental health disorders DO self-medicate with alcohol, marihuana and other meds.

Society has a responsibility to treat mental health issues without stigma, and provide low cost community services to help people. This boy could've been born to ANY one of us. As parents, we must educate ourselves on symptoms and treatment options.

Bless Hannah Connaway for wanting to help him. She knew he had issues. Maybe one day she'll become a social worker or other professional working with children and teens with mental disturbance. However, HIS problem IS NOT her responsibility. Too often, I see young women spinning their wheels trying to "parent" where actual parents are ignoring their responsibility to help their own youth.

Parenting a child or teen with mental disturbance is a hard job. These parents MUST have community supports, low cost meds and access to psychiatrists who prescribe proper medications for violent youth. PLEASE open your mind as you contemplate this horrible assault on a beautiful young woman. She did not deserve this treatment. We as a community must understand how WE let this happen by ignoring the needs of the mentally ill.

He's done this before. No

He's done this before. No question in my mind.

How did he get the black eye?

How did Mr. Hutton get the black eye? Isn't that a question that needs to be asked? Isn't it possible that Hannah clocked him in the eye and he went nuts and beat her badly? Sometimes, what ISN'T reported in a story is the most important. Anyone remember the horrible one sided reporting that went along with the Trayvon Martin case? I'd like to hear the whole story, please.

Good point, William. Perhaps

Good point, William. Perhaps the young girl in the coma should be charged with assault & Battery. In case you aren't sure, the previous two comments were sarcastic.

blame the victim, william

I am glad she was defending herself. Too bad she wasn't carrying a gun!

lets spell it out folks!

lets all get together and spell E M O T I O N C O N T R O L..... if you look at recent and past violent events both on our port city turf and the U C Santa Barbara incident. Yes, clearly the UC kid had some serious mental issues and, it appears Mr. Hutton may have some mental wellness challenges too. However, these conditions do not arise overnight and they are certainly not excuses for such violent behavior. They are often inherited and in some cases likely fostered by the parents and/or other family members without even knowing that its happening. The sandy hook kid had some major issues. Who was responsible for hiding those issues and not facing the beast? His mother. Not surprising she was the first person he shot! The UC Santa Barbara kid expressed hatred toward his stepmother for ridiculing him for being challenged. His father was basically not around. He felt like his dad just didn't care. Because of his social awkwardness he felt alienated by people he wanted to like him. Sounds to me like he never had a true friend in his life. That's sad! So, parents have to recognize and realize their child however sweet and innocent they may seem, has issues that could harm others. That has to be realized, recognized and dealt with.
I inherited some anger management and emotion control issues from some family members. Not my mom or my dad either, it came from further down the line on my mom's side. My grandfather had a horrible temper but he never beat on my grandmother, his kids or grandkids.... he trained animals for a living and I never saw him take an angry whack at an animal he was training. So, even when he was angry and at times under the influence of alcohol he was still of sound mind enough not to beat on any body. Sure, maybe a hammer got tossed across the shop but it was not thrown at any one. In fact, he liked to throw things on the floor... similar to a toddler who's upset. Y'all grasping any symbolism here? My point is people, we as a society must do a better job at controlling our anger and emotions! Its ok to get mad, its ok to feel rejected..... but the individual must know inside they are above those feelings and learn how to recognize they are feelings and emotions which must be responded to properly. That has to come from the parents or supporting family members, church, licensed therapists and working on ones self. My way of dealing with anger and unpleasant emotions involves sports and high energy activities that wear the anger or unpleasant emotions out!

My grandfather had this tree outside his barn. We called it the whipping tree. This tree was beat to hell! Anytime any of us kids got mad over something to a point we were not able to "Get over ourselves" granddad would send us to the tree alone with a machete. Now this was a big ole SC pine tree. So no matter how many times we whacked that thing with that dull ass machete, it wasn't going anywhere. And when we stopped after a few minutes of wearing ourselves out with that tree, granddad would walk out of the barn ask for the machete back and say "now, you feel better?" the point is folks learn to take that anger or those uncontrollable emotions out on something lifeless that cannot be harmed. Punching bags work nicely too! Parents, take responsibility for your children! Recognize they have issues which, they have probably inherited and/or learned or both from you or your line of DNA! Teach them about constructive avenues to shed the unwanted feelings.

Its similar to addiction.... you have to recognize there is a problem and want to change it, not enable it. Sounds to me like the leaders of that house turned a blind eye to their son's true issues probably because they were too scared or cowardly to admit they were in part responsible. Or perhaps they saw it and just didn't care. And if they knew of his behavior, leaving at home alone to party it up was not a wise move!

I learned how to manage my anger from constructive family members, mentors, friends and a couple of licensed therapists. It disgusts me to fathom how these young peoples lives are traumatically changed forever all because some kid who I hear was under the influence of alcohol, weed and xanex couldn't keep his cool after he got all kinds of 2 year old mad over some tangled fishing line. He should have just broken some fishing rods like most pissed off fisherman. But no, he chose to involve another human being by brutally beating her for 15+ minutes..... so for 15 minutes he had no clue what he was doing.... huh, then why did he make a point to get a hair cut after he got out of jail? I seriously doubt it was to try and impress the judge. That dog won't hunt! So, if the judicial system does not give this 'mentally ill' little sh*t what he deserves, I'm certain karma will dish out its fair share to him!

Hannah, I pray you make a full recovery and have as little lasting impact or deficits from this incident as possible. You did not deserve what happened to you! May the lord bless you and keep you safe on your road to recovery. As for the Huttons..... I do pray you get your sh*t together and find someway to right this wrong.... Unfortunately I think you missed your opportunity years ago! But, I will still pray for the lord to provide a constructive opportunity for you to pay some penance for this horrific circumstance of which you have significant responsibility!



"He's not a good guy, and

"He's not a good guy, and I've forgiven him," Montgomery Register said. "I'm a Christian 100 percent, and I've forgiven him, and I have no grudge against him or his family, but I feel for the people he's put after me. After I left. After I gained the strength to walk away."

What a selfish comment. All so eager to show the world how pious and full of "forgiveness" she is. So self centered.

15 minutes?

God forbid one of my children ever finds them self in this position, but if they ever do I hope they have better friends than this young lady had. Allowing her to be beaten behind a locked door for 15 minutes before anyone thought, " you think we should call 911? No, let's just wait until he drags her out in the yard."

Chemical imbalance punk!

I bet u dis. Bet he don't say nuthin bout no kinda fishin line or pop off at da mouth bout nuthin when he steps into our house! Man dat punk won't even move less we tell him to. Talkin bout he crazy got mental problems. We can handle dos problems won't need no pills either.
Bet he won't say nuttin. Beating up some little white girl I'm for real he won't have no anger issues in the county. Believe that!! He may even leave sugary

Chemical Imbalance Troll

Nice try.

Follow up



If the "moderator" for these forums can't weed out something this racist and unfunny, then perhaps they need a new and different assignment at the station.

Lil Black

Doesn't matter one bit if she's black or white. It's WRONG!! However, I do like your solution to this problem.



Sad but true

My two children are also in highschool here in NHC. I can tell you drugs are a true epidemic in this county more so than anywhere we have seen. My one child knows this suspect very well and has known him for years. He has been known as a loose cannon, and user for some time.
He was known as a guy who hits girls too. What someone needs to clear up is we have heard there were 4 guys present during the assault also.
Also heard the suspect has done this several times to the victim as well as other females in front of other guys!
My question is Who are the young men that refused to step in? If it's true what kind of "Punks/Cowards" are you? I sure am glad my daughter isn't around these type highschool age males for protection!

If this happened in front of males and he wasn't made to stop. You girls are surrounded by cowards.
I sure hope the young lady has a full recovery very soon.

There were no males there.

There were no males there.

Maybe not cowards but confused?

Maybe the young men weren't scared. Maybe confused on how to make a decision on either stepping in to protect her, or trying to answer a text on who was holding some weed or pills.
Also it's a tough decision to figure out "Should I break into these cars and or houses for drug money? "Or help this young lady out?

The youth today are sure in Trouble!

Poor Baby. He just was

Poor Baby. He just was feeling bad, and was having trouble controlling his "inner anger". I bet he wouldn't work in a pie factory, if you gave him a job, as a taster. Put this punk in prison, for 15 years. That will give him time to find his "inner self".

First of all, I can not say

First of all, I can not say what really needs to be said on a public forum as such. There is a baby girl laid up in the hospital fighting for her life because some POS thought he would take her very existence. And congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hutton for not paying enough attention and instilling morals into their children. Or how about just addressing that the POS needed a mental intervention. Furthermore, he learned this behavior from someone.
It is also perfectly obvious that our judicial systems need to tighten up on similar POS' that think it's cool to beat the hell out of each other and those that are Children.
I just love how our society is evolving.. God Bless our future generations.

Well, since you know his

Well, since you know his parents oh so well. Actually, they had a very good life growing up, close family, parents were great role models. THERE IS SUCH THINGS AS MENTAL ILLNESSES. Yes, he deserves to be punished, but if this was your son you wouldnt be saying the same thing. I have people in my family with mental illness, and maybe they should go to jail, but MAYBE SOCIETY SHOULD FOCUS ON HELPING THESE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM LOOK LIKE MONSTERS. If Hannahs family is praying for him too, and doesnt want this on social media or people making comments about it OTHER THAN PRAYER FOR HER, maybe you should abide by their wishes. He has many issues but the biggest one is his chemical imbalance. if your child really knew the suspect, you would definitely know he doesnt go around hitting every girl in sight. PRAY FOR HANNAH TO HAVE AN AMAZING RECOVERY AND GET TO LIVE HER LIFE THE WAY SHE WANTS TO. Stop putting negative responses, if you hate how he is or what hes done, why waste your breath talking about it? If you were really just writing this to pray for her, then you wouldn'tve even said anything. NEVER, EVER EVER blame a parent. He has WONDERFUL parents and you don't know anything about them.

I know this kid personally

I know this kid personally and he doesn't have a mental illness, he is just another drug addict and abuser and it was his choice not his "mental illness."



I have quite extensive knowledge about this from personal experience and family experience.

Mentally ill or not, you are what you are. Being so called mentally ill doesn't make a person mean. Even being an alcoholic/drug addict/ doesn't make a person mean. The mental illness and drug/alcohol issues just serve as a mirror and bit of an enhancer. Have you ever heard the term happy drunk? There are happy drunks and there are mean drunks. You are what you are.

He needs serious jail time. He needs consequences. As a child I was raped by a 15 yeAR OLD punk just like him. Years later I learned he had an extensive juvenile record, all acquittals, no real consequences. And I imagine his parents probably thought he needed help too. He needed help along with a boot to the ass.

From what I understand about the young man in question this wasn't some freak incident. This young man has a long history of violence. This young man needs to be whipped. Maybe then he will think twice.

You ARE joking, right? The

You ARE joking, right? The guy is a drug user. That is a choice on HIS part. Don't give me this "Chemical Imbalance" was a self induced chemical imbalance. Furthermore, if this is how he behaves, chemical imbalance or not, he gets locked up to protect the rest of us. Its limp d_cks like you who promote this crap by never wanting to hold any accountable.

hh, let's introduce him to your daughter

Since he's such a upstanding man from such a good family, let your daughter date him and get the s*&t beat out of her and we'll see how you come to their defense. The truth is I do know them and this this will never be my son because he's being properly raised and he's not dealing drugs and I'm not the pos that Mike Sr. is. I also put legal US residents to work unlike their joke of a father. They are bunch of low lifes and should just move out of town because that family will never live this down. Huge parenting fail, a boy doesn't just start beating on girls without seeing it at home first. I wish Hannah a fast and complete recovery, but it's too bad my tax dollars are going to feed and house this punk in jail, let his loser family pay for him.

they had a very good life growing up

Well, there is your answer. The punk knew what he was doing and should go to jail for a very long time. This Metal Illnesses excuse is a bunch of BS. It is a way for people to try to get off with crime and if they are Mentally Ill they still need to be locked up to stop them from hurting people.

oh, so hearing voices in

oh, so hearing voices in your head is all right. Oh, okay, i gotcha.


Parents are 100% responsible for their children!! I am a parent myself and I would Absolutely take responsibility for my "mentally" ill child. That is what you do! Seek help...certainly not leave his ass at home for the weekend to party it up and beat up other children in my home! Again... No Good! And too bad the babe on life support can't speak for herself.......

maybe but..

He's 18

Are bigger issue

Both of my boys know this kid. They both say the same thing about his drug abuse and the epidemic it is here in Wilmington. All of their friends say that almost every girl they know is either associating with heavy drug users or are doing hardcore drugs themselves.
I would like to know when these girls will stop going for losers and go for the guy that treats them like a lady.
It is sad but we went through my sons yearbook from last year and just did a who does drugs. And on the football and baseball team alone we were at 84% frequent users.

I then had my other son do the same thing same yearbook. He was at 82% I know my kids have tried drugs, but I had no idea it's as bad as it seems.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this young girl and her family. But I am betting all this is a kid that was on something more than seizure meds. And if I am right I hope it's a lesson to all these kids that drugs are a deadens road