A Dallas County Judge was arrested and charged early Saturday morning after police were called to a disturbance at his residence. Police claim that 44-year-old Carlos Raul Cortez had dragged his 26-year-old girlfriend around the home by her hair and that he had repeatedly strangled her.
The woman told police that she and Cortez had begun arguing over medication belonging to a juvenile who also resides in the home and that over time it had evolved into violence with a drunk and angry Cortez attacking her repeatedly.
“[The woman] … pulled down the portion of her blouse which covered her neck and showed several red marks the red marks were clearly visible and appeared to encompass the majority of her neck,” according to the police report.
The girlfriend said that she and Cortez had spent several hours consuming alcohol when the fight began. She then said that he got up and started toward her as she sat on the couch.
“[Cortez] walked up to her and grabbed her by her hair and throat with both hands, impeding the flow of oxygen and causing dizziness,” the report said.
She said that he choked her several times before dragging her by the hair to a balcony where he leaned her against the railing and continued to choke her for approximately another 15 seconds, telling her, she said, that he was going to kill her.
The report said that the juvenile who lives in the home witnessed the entire attack but was sent to a neighbor’s home to wait until the police arrived.
Cortez was charged with assault, family violence and strangulation and released on a $15,000 bond later in the morning according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.
Cortez sits on the 44th State Civil District Court, a position he was elected to in 2006 and is up for re-election in 2014.