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JANESVILLE—A jury trial is set to begin Nov. 29 for a former Janesville man accused of strangling a woman who reportedly teased him about being a Minnesota Vikings fan.

Mark E. Mueller, 57, who currently lives in Macomb, Illinois, faces three counts of domestic abuse due to the Dec. 24, 2019 incident when he became involved in an altercation with the woman.

According to a probable-cause statement filed by the Janesville Police Department, the woman stated Mueller became “very angry” after her remarks and that she tried to calm him down. Mueller then reportedly approached the woman, put his hands around her neck and throat and began strangling her.

The woman also told police Mueller stated he would “(Expletive) kill her” and that this was not the first time she had physical altercations with Mueller. Prior incidents included threats and another incident of strangulation.

During Tuesday’s final pretrial hearing in Rock County Circuit Court conducted via Zoom, Judge Barbara McCrory read over the witness list. The list of expected witnesses includes Mueller’s alleged victim; a representative from Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, and two Janesville police officers.