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Published August 31, 2010, 08:16 AM

Former ND trooper accused of assault on trial

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The first day of a domestic abuse trial involving a former North Dakota State Trooper took a bizarre turn today when the wife of Michael Polomny told a jury about his time spent on Facebook, and specifically "Mafia Wars," started a downward spiral of their relationship.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Polomny is accused of pushing and punching his wife last spring as she held their infant son at their Moorhead Home. Both sides presented their case to the 7-member jury.

The wife of Mike Polomny testified her husband sometimes spent between 8 to 10 hours a day on Facebook's "Mafia Wars." He was using three computers and "six or seven accounts" to play the game.

The former MSUM basketball standout also met a woman on line that shared interests in the "Mafia War" game and him.

In court today, prosecutors argued Polomny became so addicted to Mafia Wars, that he even played it at work. Coming home after work and playing it for "8-10 Hours" hours. This as his wife cared for their six children.

In court, his wife testified Polomny confessed to chatting on-line with a woman he met while playing Mafia Wars. All this caused problems with the 16-year marriage, erupting one night last May, when Polomny's wife confronted him about the addiction and the woman.

"He became enraged" she testified today. "Pushing and swearing" at her as she held the baby.

This as some of the children watched, cried, and begged their father to stop. At one point, Polomny's wife testified he called their teen-age daughter and said "get her f%#@ing a@# home or I'm going to kill your mom tonight."

While prosecutors say they will present photo evidence that Polomny punched and kicked his wife, she on the stand today said he may have done that. But she can't recall specifically, presenting a challenge for prosecutors and an opportunity for the defense to cast reasonable doubt to the jury. Polmny denies hitting his wife, but told investigators the two did push each other during the argument.