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Domestic violence

A 42-year-old Napa man may face up to nine years in state prison after being convicted on domestic violence charges in Napa County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.

A jury found Emil Zachary Meyers guilty of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in a trial that lasted six days. The jury also found two special allegations that Meyers committed domestic violence during the commission of those crimes to be true.

According to court documents, the woman’s mother said that she was on the phone with her daughter on Oct. 8, 2017 when, over the phone, she heard a knocking at the door and the sound of the door opening followed by a loud noise and her daughter saying “Why did you hit me with a bottle?”

When police met with the victim, she had blood coming down her face, a deep gash on the front of her head and appeared to be “dazed and confused,” according to police reports. The woman was treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Treatment for the gash required stitches and glue, reports said.

The woman said that on the night of the incident, she had walked to Meyers’ place while on the phone with her mother. When she arrived, reports said, Meyers opened the front door and struck her with a beer bottle, causing her to lose consciousness. When she woke up, she was on the ground and bleeding from her head.

She told police that she and Meyers had been dating for about 1½ years.

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On Nov. 21, 2017, more than a month later, the woman still had a visible scar on the front of her head. Meyers was arrested on a related warrant on Nov. 22.

Meyers has been held at the Napa County jail on $250,000 bail ever since. He is being held on an additional $50,000 for two out-of-county warrants.

His sentencing is scheduled for April 23.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC. S