Manor man accused of beating woman, sewing wounds, holding her hostage


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 6:21 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- A Manor man is in jail, accused of beating his girlfriend then holding her hostage in their home for nearly a week. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County, Gerald Christopher Zuliani is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the affidavit, Zuliani beat his girlfriend with a broom until the broom handle broke. Investigators say he then continued hitting her with a metal cane and a curtain rod.

The woman sustained several injuries to her body, head, thigh and buttocks.

Zuliani then told the woman to wash herself so he could sew up her lacerations with a needle and thread, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police Zuliani made her text her employer to say she was having family issues and would not be able to come to work.

Since Sunday, the woman says she was forced to stay at the house. When she woke up early Thursday Oct. 25, she slipped out of the house. The affidavit says she didn't have all of her clothes on. She went to the back of a Dollar General to put on clothes then drove herself to the hospital.

The woman was treated and released from Seton Hospital in Williamson County.

Zuliani is charged with a first degree felony. If convicted he faces two to 20 years in prison.

Law enforcement officers say this is not the first time Zuliani's been in trouble with the law. He spent 10 years in TDCJ after he was arrested for manslaughter. He's also been convicted of burglary, assault and reckless driving.

Zuliani made national headlines for his involvement in a high-profile murder cover-up of a two-year-old child.

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