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Montana Man Denies Severely Beating Wife with Cane

HELENA, Mont. - A 59-year-old Helena man accused of beating his wife with a cane, breaking several bones in her face, has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault. Roy Lee Kaufman appeared in District Court on Thursday, where his bail was kept at $100,000. His trial has been scheduled for Oct. 25.

Kaufman is accused of beating his wife on June 3 to the point that she was semiconscious and unable to speak coherently. She suffered a crushed cheekbone, a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

Court records say Kaufman called his wife's daughter and told her to pick her mother up. He allegedly was sitting in a chair in the living room with his wife lying on the floor in front of him when the daughter arrived.

Court records say Kaufman was found at a casino with blood on his hands and clothing.

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