Lighthouse Point woman accused of domestic violence hours into marriage

By Danielle A. Alvarez

June 21, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE—

…Bernadette Besario Catan-Keeler, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence battery Sunday morning. Police said she attacked her husband and bit him. The couple told authorities they got married Saturday…

…When his new wife started dancing with another man, Mike Keeler told police, he left the nightclub and returned to the hotel, following shortly by his wife, who was drunk. She pushed him and bit him on his left shoulder, the affidavit said.

Keeler said he drove to the couple’s Lighthouse Point home and Catan-Keeler soon followed. She ripped off his shirt, threw water at him and bit him on his right arm, the affidavit said.

About 8:30 a.m. Sunday, two officers responded to a 911 call from the couple’s home. They heard a woman yelling for help, and through a window saw a shirtless Mike Keeler with a cellphone, holding down his wife, the affidavit said.

Catan-Keeler told authorities a bite mark on her husband’s shoulder was from the couple “fooling around” two days before, the affidavit said. She said she bit her husband on the arm because he pushed her into a wall.

Keeler told the officers he did not want his wife to go to jail and went to her bond court hearing Monday morning. He asked the judge for leniency, saying she may have been under the influence of a substance that altered her state of mind.

Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley set her bond at $4,500, and ordered Catan-Keeler to stay away from alcohol and her husband…

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