Bond set in alleged domestic violence incident

A $10,000 bond was set Thursday for a Jefferson County man who allegedly beat his girlfriend Tuesday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Carl Smith, 55, with second-offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony.

Smith had previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in October, according to a probable cause affidavit from Sheriff’s Lt. Jennifer Carr.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Smith was arrested after deputies were sent to a house on Pipeline Road in Jefferson where they found the female victim bleeding from her face and her shirt torn.

Carr said in the affidavit the woman told deputies she had been involved in a relationship with Smith and after an argument, he struck her in the face.

When deputies went to question Smith, they reported he appeared to be intoxicated, and Kizer said Smith “had a history of alcohol abuse” and had a felony DWI charge pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Smith to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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