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Police: Utah man strangled, tried to suffocate wife over cheating allegations

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Christopher Pierce, 21, is facing an attempted murder charge after authorities say he tried to suffocate his wife. (Photo courtesy of Beaver County Sheriff's Office)

A Utah man is facing an attempted murder charge after authorities say he tried to suffocate his wife.

Christopher James Pierce of Milford reportedly went to his estranged wife's house on July 28 and accused her of cheating on him with other men.

The woman told police she suspected Pierce was under the influence of drugs and that he was acting paranoid.

After she threatened to call the police, Pierce took the woman's phone and pushed her against a wall, court documents state. He then allegedly strangled his wife and put a pillow over her face.

When Pierce left the residence, the woman called her mother-in-law, who advised her to contact police.

Court documents state the estranged wife also received a screenshot from an acquaintance of Pierce's of a conversation in which her husband considered throwing her into a mine shaft. The woman told police she was worried Pierce may hurt her or himself.

Pierce faces two charges: attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.