Above: Marguerite Haragan
The Idaho Statesman reports:
BOISE, IDAHO – Marguerite Haragan, 58, pressed her foot into the throat of a Jewish woman while saying she “better accept Jesus,” an Ada County prosecutor said during Haragan's arraignment Thursday.
Haragan is charged with two felony counts of malicious harassment. She initially tried to turn down her right to an attorney because she said she was “lucid” and understood her rights. But the judge insisted it was within her best interest to be represented by an attorney, referring to the two felony charges as “serious,” according to a recording of the arraignment.
Haragan’s verbal harassment of the woman — identified in court by her initials, "AG" — had been ongoing, including through phone calls, according to the prosecutor. But on Feb. 5, it reportedly escalated to violence.
According to the prosecutor, AG reported that Haragan visited her home that day, banged on her front window and yelled that she “better believe in Jesus, and that she was not going to leave until she did."
AG opened the door to take down Haragan’s license plate number and ask Haragan to leave, the prosecutor said. Haragan then allegedly slapped AG in the face, pulled her hair, yanked her to the ground and began kicking her in the stomach and thighs. Haragan yelled that AG needed to believe in Jesus to stop the assault, the prosecutor said. Haragan pressed her foot into AG’s neck and pulled her hair, causing a neck injury that still pains AG, according to the prosecutor.
"Eventually, the victim had to comply" to escape the attack, the prosecutor said.
But on Feb. 7, Haragan returned to AG’s home and scratched the word “death” into her mailbox, according to the prosecutor.
The judge issued a no-contact order and kept Haragan’s bond at $100,000. Haragan was still in the Ada County Jail Friday morning. Her next court date is for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26, though those hearings are sometimes waived or delayed.
[Hat Tip: OCR.]