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Charges were filed Monday against a California man accused of biting part of another man's ear off after a discussion among family members about conspiracy theories became heated, police say.

NORTH SALT LAKE — Charges were filed Monday against a California man accused of biting part of another man's ear off after a discussion among family members about conspiracy theories became heated, police say.

Brian David Boyack, 43, of Placentia, California, was charged Monday in 2nd District Court with mayhem, a second-degree felony; committing domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

On Jan. 1, North Salt Lake police responded to a report of an assault. They arrived to discover that "a portion of the victim's ear was missing," according to charging documents.

Boyack was visiting with family and "they were out in the hot tub having a good time when a conversation began regarding big corporations and essentially conspiracy theories," a police affidavit states.

The homeowner works for "a big banking business," the report states, and Boyack, who had been drinking, took issue with that.

"The conversation became heated to the point where (Boyack) began to pack up his and his family's belongings and put them in a vehicle," according to the affidavit.

The homeowner locked Boyack out of the house, prompting him to grab a lawn chair and use it to hit a window, the charges state.

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"The victim reported that he stepped outside the residence to stop him from damaging the home. The defendant then threw him to the ground and bit the victim's ear, severing a portion of the ear," the charges state. "An officer had found the portion of the victim's ear that had been bitten off but doctors were not able to reattach the portion to the victim's ear."

Boyack was gone by the time officers arrived at the house, but later turned himself in.

"He advised that he had done something horrible," the charges state.