A Kansasville man who police say tried to hang his girlfriend in the basement of their home has been charged with attempted murder.

Ryan L. Carter, 38, was charged June 10 in Racine County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, attempted strangulation, disorderly conduct and seven counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

He remained in the Racine County Jail Tuesday after making his initial appearance in court June 10 in which Judge Timothy Boyle set cash bond at $100,000. A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Wednesday.

Ryan Carter

Deputies were dispatched to a home on South Beaumont Avenue in the Town of Dover June 9, for a report of a man attempting to hang a woman and himself, according to the complaint. Deputies encountered a woman, who said Carter had been her boyfriend for the past nine months, in the front yard of the residence. A man later identified as Carter was in the doorway of the home and allegedly told the deputies, “that everything (the woman) was saying was a lie.”

The woman told investigators that Carter, who had been released from the county jail on bond several days earlier and was not supposed to have contact with her, arrived at the residence the evening of June 8 and after she went to sleep he allegedly took her debit card and made two withdrawals totaling more than $300.

Carter then contacted a drug dealer known only as “Money,” who came to the residence and sold Carter cocaine, according to the complaint. The woman reported that “Carter then stayed up the rest of the night doing cocaine and watching pornography,” according to the complaint.

Before 7 a.m. the next morning, Carter woke the woman and told her, “It’s time to go.” He forced her to go to a nearby liquor store and purchase vodka before the couple returned to the residence where Carter drank approximately half the bottle of liquor, according to the complaint.

The woman told deputies she was talking to Carter when he became distraught and began punching himself in the head and face and punching items inside the residence, according to the complaint. Carter then demanded that the woman drink the vodka and when she refused, he held her down and poured it into her mouth, the complaint alleges. While attempting to restrain the woman, Carter allegedly punched her in the shoulder and chest.

Carter then told the woman, “We are going to go,” which the woman assumed meant he was going to kill her, according to the complaint. Carter went to the basement and the woman followed, but when she descended the stairs she saw two electrical cords tied into nooses hanging from the ceiling. She attempted to run up the stairs, but Carter grabbed her by the waistband of her pants, dragged her back into the basement and forced her to stand on a box while he put her head into a noose, the complaint alleges.

Carter then kicked the box out from underneath her and she hung from the noose for an estimated 30 seconds, according to the complaint. The woman stated she believed Carter began to regret what he had done and re-approached the woman, who was able to wrap her legs around his waist and free herself from the noose before running upstairs to call 911.

The woman told deputies that she was aware of the no-contact bond conditions for Carter, but she wanted to be there for him because he was supposed to enter rehab for drug addiction on June 10, according to the complaint. The woman also told deputies she was pregnant with twins and Carter is the father, but deputies learned the woman was not pregnant after she received a medical checkup at a hospital, according to the complaint.

For more court news from the past week see the June 17-18 editions of the Burlington Standard Press, Waterford Post and Westine Report.