McCabe Appears in Chippewa County Court; Pleas Not Guilty

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The former Chippewa Falls teacher accused of trying to strangle a 96 year-old woman who lived in his apartment building will go to trial.

42 year-old John S. McCabe faces charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide and aggravated battery of an elderly person. At a hearing Friday, the alleged victim, Clara Hunt, testified she'd met McCabe a few weeks earlier.

Last Sunday, he approached her while she was reading in the community room, told her he was a former teacher, and talked about her previous job at the Mason Shoe Factory before asking her if she knew God.

"He said 'Would you want to die?' I said, 'Oh not, I don't want to die yet.' and he says, 'Well, I'm going to kill you right now.' And I said 'please don't,'" Hunt testified.
She continued on, saying that when McCabe lunged at her, she bit his hand, and he ran away. She then called police.

McCabe was taken into custody after being arrested for driving after revocation and under the influence for crashing his car.

McCabe's lawyer entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.