The professional wrestling community has been buzzing with the recent news surrounding former AEW coach BJ Whitmer, whose real name is Benjamin Whitmer.
He was arrested in June on serious charges related to domestic violence, including burglary and strangulation.
Whitmer’s arrest sent shockwaves through the wrestling world. The victim reported that he was released from custody a mere week and a day after his arrest, having posted a cash bond of $25,000.
In the wake of these events, AEW took swift action, announcing that they had terminated Whitmer’s contract.
Legal Proceedings and Charges for Former AEW Name
Whitmer’s legal troubles didn’t end with his release. On September 6th, he faced a hearing and was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree strangulation, according to a report from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.
The next step in this legal journey is a pre-trial hearing, which is slated for October 4th. Additionally, an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) has been put in place for the victim’s safety, and it’s been reported that AEW is actively collaborating with her during this challenging time.
Victim’s Distressing Account
The victim, who identified Whitmer as her former boyfriend, shared a harrowing account of the incident with Fox19 in June.
She recounted coming home to find Whitmer waiting for her. The situation quickly escalated, with Whitmer allegedly attacking and strangling her in multiple rooms of her home.
She recalled him tightening his grip and threatening her life. In a desperate bid to save herself, she lied about having called the police, which made him release his hold.
Details from the Police Report
PWInsider managed to obtain details from the police report, shedding more light on the incident. The report alleges that Whitmer entered his ex-girlfriend’s residence without her consent. He apparently demanded that she delete certain messages from her phone, and when she refused, he became aggressive.
The report describes Whitmer as having strangled the victim to the point where she feared losing consciousness. When the authorities arrived, they observed visible signs of assault on the victim, including bruising on her neck.
The victim also shared that she had been receiving texts from Whitmer throughout the day, one of which ominously read, “See you soon.”
She saw him entering her home as she returned from a nearby pool. By the time the authorities reached the scene, Whitmer had already left. However, he was later located at a relative’s house and detained by the Alexandria, Kentucky Police. At that time, he chose not to provide any comments to the police.
Charges and Potential Penalties
Whitmer faces serious charges in Kentucky. He’s been charged with first-degree strangulation, a Class C felony, which carries a potential prison sentence of 5 to 10 years.
Additionally, he’s been charged with second-degree burglary, defined as knowingly entering or remaining in a dwelling with criminal intent. This too is a Class C felony in Kentucky and has the same potential prison sentence.
The wrestling community and fans will be closely watching as this case unfolds. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.