A Carthage man accused of trying to murder his girlfriend in November has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Bennie T. Bowie, 47, of Carthage, pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a weapon, according to Franklin County Superior Court records.

Bowie also pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of violating conditions of release for allegedly attempting to contact the girlfriend by letter while he was being held at the Franklin County Jail in December.

Bowie continues to be held at the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail. Bowie has remained at the jail since his initial arrest on Nov. 3.

A police affidavit states that an argument between Bowie and his girlfriend at their 47 Judkins Road home late on the evening of Oct. 31, 2015, led to the alleged attempted murder and assault. The girlfriend told police that Bowie became jealous and threatened to kill her, while punching her in the face, slamming her head on the dashboard of his truck and cutting her neck with his hunting knife, according to the affidavit.

The woman was able to escape and fled to a neighboring home that belonged to Bowie’s mother. Early on Nov. 1, Franklin County Sheriff’s officers responded to a call from 27 Francis Place, the home of Gertrude Bowie, who reported that the girlfriend arrived at the home unexpectedly and bleeding from the neck.

Deputy Andrew Morgan and Cpl. Matthew Brawn responded to find the bleeding victim and Bowie’s truck parked in the driveway with a broken passenger side window and blood visible on the outside of the door, but Bowie was not there, the affidavit said.

In a later interview, the girlfriend told Franklin County Detective Kenneth Charles that Bowie had cut her throat with his hunting knife through a crack in the truck’s window after telling her, “I should kill you.”

Following a Nov. 1 warrant issued by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Bowie was located by Wells Police and taken to the York County Jail, where Franklin County deputies arrested him on Nov. 3.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate

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