Jailed: $100,000 Bail Set for Man Facing Three Domestic Violence Charges

A Winlock man is being held on $100,000 bail on charges that he held a gun to a woman’s head after an argument about sex, according to court documents. 

Lee W. Carson, 62, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree assault while armed with a gun, unlawful imprisonment and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. All three are domestic-violence offenses. 

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead asked for $75,000 bail, noting that the victim told investigators that this isn’t the first time Carson held a gun to her head. 

“Although he doesn’t have any criminal history, there appears to be a pattern here,” Halstead said. 

Meanwhile, defense attorney Rachael Tiller told the court Carson believed himself to be the victim, and said her client asked for release on unsecured bail. 

Superior Court Judge James Lawler imposed $100,000 bail and set Carson’s next hearing for Thursday. 

Carson was booked into the Lewis County Jail early Monday morning. 

According to court documents, police had earlier responded to the 1200 block of Southwest Mayer Street in Winlock after receiving a report of a dispute. 

A woman reported she and Carson went to bed and had an argument about sex. 

She then felt a hard metal object on the back of her head, which she recognized as a gun because, she told police, Carson had pressed a gun to her head in the past. 

She reported that Carson then asked, “Which of us is going to die first, you or me?” according to court documents.

The woman reported she tried to leave but Carson held her down. She was eventually able to call 911. 

Carson told police he poked the woman on the back of her head with his finger, not a gun, and while he admitted there was a gun in the bedroom, he was “somewhat evasive regarding its location,” according to court documents. 

Police found the gun next to the bed.