05/16/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT
Country singer Mindy McCready testified before a Tennessee judge that her former boyfriend said she wasn't going to make a fool out of him by seeing other men, then "he came at me, hit my head against the headboard a couple of times (and) started punching me in the face," the Associated Press reports.
The tearful testimony from the bruised McCready took place in Davidson County General Sessions court Thursday as part of a preliminary hearing for William McKnight, 38, who stands charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary.
The couple had broken up about two weeks before the attack, which reportedly occurred May 8 at McCready's home. At one point, McCready said, McKnight choked her so hard that she almost lost consciousness. McCready added that she tried to flee but he caught her as she made her way down a flight of stairs.
A Nashville police detective testified that a doctor who treated McCready at the hospital told him she was choked severely and could have been killed.
McKnight's lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Allegra Montgomery, said her client shouldn't be charged with attempted criminal homicide because the attack didn't rise to the level consistent with the charge. Judge William Higgins disagreed and the case is being sent to a grand jury.
On May 6, McCready was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being stopped for speeding at about 3 a.m. in a Nashville suburb, police Cpl. Candace Mowry told AP. Mowry said the officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle and McCready performed poorly on a field sobriety test. The singer refused to take a breath alcohol test.
McCready (whose hits include "A Girl's Gotta Do What a Girl's Gotta Do") is already on three years' supervised probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy in February 2004 by using the name of a friend on the prescription.