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Emery Keith Branham

TURTLE CREEK — A Madison man faces multiple charges after the Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic call in the Turtle Creek area of Boone County on May 6.

Emery Kenneth Branham, 57, was charged with strangulation, wanton endangerment, prohibited person possessing a firearm, habitual user, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver controlled substance (schedule IV), according to a criminal complaint prepared by Deputy C.T. Daniels.

According to the complaint, when the deputy arrived at the residence in response to the call, he observed the defendant leaving in a Toyota Corolla and the officer initiated a traffic stop.

The complaint states that the deputy observed the defendant as “sweaty and had rapid, slurred speech this officer could barely understand.”

The report states that the deputy asked the accused if he had any weapons in the vehicle and he responded that there were two in the center console; then, as the defendant exited the vehicle, the officer found a third in the driver’s side door compartment.

After placing the weapons in the patrol car, the report states, the deputy executed a “pat down” of the defendant for officer safety and recovered two blue containers containing blue oval pills identified as Clonazepam and $500 in small bills.

The complaint states that after verbal permission was given to the officer to search the car, he recovered approximately 18.2 grams of methamphetamine, 1.1 grams of marijuana and more Clonazepam, which brought the pill total recovered to 104.

Additionally, the report states that the officer recovered two additional firearms and a bag containing small plastic baggies.

The officer stated in the criminal complaint that through his experience, the items recovered were consistent with “the selling of drugs.”

After searching the vehicle, the deputy spoke with the initial caller who told the officer that the accused had “placed dollar store bags over her head, cutting off her ability to breathe, and that he pointed one of the firearms with a laser on it at her head.”

The report states that the officer attempted to conduct three standardized field sobriety tests on the defendant but only completed the horizontal gaze test which the officer claimed showed impairment.

The criminal complaint additionally states that the officer asked the accused how much methamphetamine he had used that day and the defendant responded that he didn’t know and he had been using the drug for “about a year.”

As of press time, Branham was held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $100,000 surety/cash bond.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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