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Chris Corley waved from attending scheduled appearance Friday

March 4, 2017 GMT

Former South Carolina lawmaker Chris Corley was waved from having to appear for his scheduled appearance in court Friday afternoon.

First and second appearances are mainly scheduled for the State to make sure people have attorneys in order to get a plea hearing scheduled, according to the Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

John Dennis Delgado is Corley’s defense attorney and his next hearing is scheduled for June 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Corley, 36, faces up to 25 years in prison for charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and pointing and presenting a weapon at a person, according to court records.

He was originally charged with first-degree domestic violence, but an Aiken County grand jury indicted Corley on Jan. 4 on the higher charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

According to statements made in court on Jan. 18, Corley is accused of punching his wife with a closed fist until she bled, biting her on the nose and then pointing a handgun at her and threatening to kill her and himself at the couple’s Sugar Hill Drive home in Graniteville on Dec. 26.

His wife confronted him with a text message that appeared to show he was cheating on her, according to courtroom statements.

Police reports state the assault took place in front of two of the couple’s three children.