Dennis L. McCarthy's claim has always been that his girlfriend was hanging up curtains in her apartment, and she accidentally fell out a window.
A jury, however, has decided otherwise.
McCarthy, a former Port Orchard police officer, was just convicted of first and second-degree assault for pointing a gun at his girlfriend, then pushing her out the window in the early morning of May 2, 2010.
The Kitsap Sunreports that the trial centered on the testimonies of McCarthy himself and his girlfriend, who broke several bones in her legs and her shoulder in the fall.
At the time of the incident McCarthy had already resigned from his job at POPD after he was accused of setting fire to several of the woman's belongings. He was under a no-contact order at the time of the attack and shouldn't have even been at her house.
According to documents filed in court the two had a long and troubled relationship and McCarthy often threatened and abused her.
The night of the incident the woman had apparently been hoping to pack up her things and move out. But when McCarthy found her he became enraged and pointed a gun at her then slammed her into a wall. The woman told police that she had thought she might escape by jumping out the window and after managing to kick McCarthy in the groin, she moved toward the sill.
That's when McCarthy said "better the mess be outside" and shoved her violently out the window.
The trial was handled by Assistant Attorney General John Hillman, because Kitsap County prosecutors said they had a conflict of interest in the case.
McCarthy's lawyers are promising to appeal the conviction, saying that "only two people who know what happened" and that McCarthy, not his girlfriend, is the one that's telling the truth.
Unfortunately for the ex-cop, he'll be waiting out his appeal process from a state prison cell.