Pocola police had already received domestic disturbance complaints prior to Monday about Steven Asher in reference to the woman he is accused of stabbing to death.
Asher was arrested on suspicion of felony first-degree murder, assault and battery and assault and battery with a deadly weapon on Monday afternoon after Amanda Millar was stabbed to death that morning, said Michael Roeder, investigator with the Police Department. Police in years prior had responded to at least two domestic incidents involving Asher and Millar, according to records.
Asher was found guilty of assault and battery after Millar in November 2012 said she wanted to press domestic assault charges on Asher because he punched her multiple times two days prior. She told police the altercation stemmed from an argument about his lack of employment and responsibility, according to the incident report.
Asher threw a plastic cup full of soda at Millar and yelled expletives at her before punching her. He punched her in the face when she pushed him away from her and then began hitting her in the back of the head, the report states.
Millar's mother said she found her daughter on the ground with blood all over her face following the incident, the report states.
Asher told police Millar slapped him and then punched him before he hit her and pushed her against the wall. He also said he didn't hit her while they were on the ground, the report states.
Millar in October 2016 alleged Asher hit her again after they had been drinking. She alleged she pushed him after they had been drinking and that he took her phone and hit her repeatedly, the complaint reads.
"They dropped charges in that one because they believed she was the aggressor," Roeder said of the incident.
Officials with the Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested Asher around 4:45 p.m. Monday in a field close to the intersection of Oliver and Kelley Streets in Pocola. He was seen fleeing north on Monday morning from a residence in the 500 block of Fuller Avenue, where Millar was found dead, Roeder said.
Roeder was held without bond on Tuesday afternoon in the LeFlore County Detention Center, Roeder said.