Alleged domestic battery could bring felony charge

Because of a prior misdemeanor conviction for domestic battery, a Pine Bluff man is facing a felony allegation after he was arrested again on the same charge.

Laron Bradley, 28, was allegedly involved in an altercation with his wife after she went to his job on Oct. 9, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Bradley Thursday.

Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit that the alleged altercation turned physical, and Bradley allegedly grabbed his wife and “head butted her.” The responding officers reported seeing marks on the woman’s face and arrested Bradley.

According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Bradley was convicted of misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery on Sept. 9.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Bradley on Thursday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D felony.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Bradley to have no contact with his wife until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Bradley.