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Lawyer attacks assault claim

Wednesday's cross-examination of a Niagara Falls woman who claimed she was beaten last year by her boyfriend, a city policeman, hinted at a different version of the Nov. 12 incident.

Defense attorney Jon L. Wilson questioned Shona Hamilton, 40, for most of the day in Niagara County Court.

Tuesday, Hamilton told Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre that Mark L. Feldhousen, 59, attacked her without provocation as she kissed him on the cheek in bed.

She said she was slammed into two dressers and left with a concussion and a punctured eardrum, as well as various bruises.

Tuesday, the woman said she was knocked down and got hold of Feldhousen's pajamas as she tried to get up, and the leg tore as Feldhousen backed away.

Wilson's questions Wednesday implied there might be more to the story.

"You say your grip was strong enough for the pajama leg to be ripped from crotch to bottom hem?" Wilson asked, holding up Feldhousen's pajama bottoms, with both legs torn. "Your grip, with your arm bent over the bed, is strong enough to tear this pajama leg? Is that what you're telling us?"

"Yes, sir," Hamilton replied.

"None of this resulted from you jumping on his back, clawing his back, clawing his leg?" Wilson asked.

"No, sir," the woman answered.

She also had testified that after the assault, Feldhousen left the house quietly when asked.

"Did you jump on the hood of his car?" Wilson asked. "Did you jump off the hood only when he threatened to call 911?"

"No, sir," Hamilton replied.

Wilson also established that in the wake of the alleged assault, Hamilton called Feldhousen the next day to baby-sit her two daughters, ages 7 and 9, as she did some volunteer work at her church that night.

Hamilton also testified that she took the girls to Feldhousen's home at 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Nov. 14, hoping to get in to see him.

She also said that when she heard a noise she couldn't identify in her house on the night after the alleged assault, she called Feldhousen and kept him on the phone while she checked her house.

"You didn't call the police, you called Mark?" Wilson asked.

"Mark is the police," Hamilton answered.

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