Prosecutor accused of assaulting wife released from jail
An Oklahoma County assistant district attorney accused of assaulting his estranged wife over the weekend will not be prosecuting any cases for now.
Robert McClatchie is accused of striking his wife multiple times and then choking her to the point of unconsciousness in front of their 11-year-old daughter, police reported in a probable cause affidavit.
"Mr. McClatchie will be out of the office until the criminal matter is resolved," District Attorney David Prater told The Oklahoman on Monday. "After the criminal investigation has been completed, whether Mr. McClatchie is charged or not, I will conduct an administrative review to determine what appropriate personnel action may be taken."
McClatchie was released from jail Monday morning after a judge set his bond at $15,000 and told him not to contact his estranged wife.
Prater said he has formally notified Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter of "my recusal in the matter."
"He will assign another District Attorney to handle any further activity in the case," Prater said in a statement. "My only future involvement in the case will be to notify OCPD Investigators who the assigned District Attorney will be."
Later Monday, Hunter appointed Craig Ladd, district attorney for Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties, to oversee the case.
McClatchie was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail about 4 a.m. Saturday on a felony complaint of domestic abuse by strangulation and a misdemeanor complaint of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child, records show.
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The couple are going through a divorce and have two children together, the woman told police. Officers responded to a domestic call at her Oklahoma City home about 2:20 a.m. Saturday.
"(She) stated once Robert was inside her house he struck her multiple times with an open hand and a closed fist in the head and face area, causing her to fall to the ground," an officer reported in the affidavit. "Once on the ground, (she) stated Robert got on top of her, placing both hands around her neck and began to strangle her to the point of unconsciousness."