Man chokes wife in argument over fried chicken, Volusia County deputies say

Man charged with felony battery, tampering with witness

Desmond Brownlee.
Desmond Brownlee.

DELTONA, Fla. – A Volusia County man was arrested after deputies say he choked his wife for eating leftover fried chicken.

Desmond Brownlee, 45, has been charged with felony battery -domestic by strangulation and tampering with a witness in the early Sunday morning incident.

Deputies said Brownlee was upset because his wife had eaten leftover fried chicken from dinner and was attempting to cook more fried chicken when he became agitated after she began critiquing his cooking efforts.

The argument escalated to Brownlee pushing his wife onto the bed, striking her multiple times in the face and choking her, according to the report.

The wife then called 911 when Brownlee took the phone away from her, deputies said.

When deputies arrived, Brownlee told them his wife "went wild and started to slap at him," according to the report.

Deputies said both Brownlee and his wife had been consuming alcoholic beverages since the afternoon and found Brownlee to be the primary aggressor.

Brownlee was arrested and taken to Volusia County jail.