Cash only bond in domestic incident

Because of two pending cases in Jefferson County Circuit Court, a Pine Bluff man will have to post a cash only bond to be released from the county detention center after he allegedly beat and choked his girlfriend Tuesday.

Brandon Phillips, 22, was upset with the woman and also reportedly threatened to kill her, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Phillips Thursday.

Kizer said police were sent to a reported disturbance in the 4400 block of West 28th Avenue where the woman told officers Phillips beat and choked her, and she was able to run to a neighbor’s house where she called police.

Detective Sam Atkinson reported that the neighbor also heard the threats Phillips made to the woman.

Kizer said Phillips has pending charges of arson and theft of property in one case, and breaking and entering and criminal mischief in the other.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash only bond for Phillips after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony.

Court records showed that Phillips pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery on March 19.

Bridgforth also ordered Phillips to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled and to come back to court Aug. 23.

When the judge tried to ask Phillips about an attorney, he refused to cooperate, turning his back and trying to walk away before being grabbed by a court security officer and escorted out.