A new arrest warrant has been issued for a Casper man, accused of beating his then girlfriend with a table leg, because he hasn't stayed in touch with the courthouse and his public defender.

Trial was scheduled to start on Monday, June 1st, for 59-year old Dennis Tyrrell who has pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of domestic battery third offense.

At a pre-trial hearing, Tyrrell's public defender said he has not heard from his client since his arraignment in mid-March, and that Tyrrell's phone number has been disconnected, and he no longer lives at the address provided to the court and to the PD's office.

Both the public defender and prosecutors agreed that based on the new information, it is unlikely that Tyrrell was going to be in attendance for his jury trial.

Because of his failure to appear at the pre-trial hearing, Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins issued a bench warrant against Tyrrell, and ordered that his $5,000 cash only bond, be forfeited.

Casper Police say in early February, officers responded to a call from a parking lot at K and Beech Streets, where they found a woman sitting in her van and her face covered with blood.

She was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center’s emergency room, where she told police she came home and found Tyrrell on her couch.

He was to have moved out several days before that.

They argued, he pushed her, punched her on the back, and then threw a table at her.

She hit him with the table to make him stop hitting her.

Tyrrell then grabbed a table leg, knocked her down, put his knee on her throat and repeatedly beat her head with the table leg.

She escaped, grabbed her keys and purse, fled and called police.

Aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.