Bond set in alleged domestic battery

A $10,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of hitting a member of his family.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Bryan Phillips, 24, with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony. Phillips had previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in 2011.

Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit that Phillips’ niece contacted police Sunday and said her uncle called her and accused her of taking money from him.

The woman denied the accusation and told police Phillips threatened to come to her house and throw her clothes out.

Gailey said the woman went home and told police she heard a knock on her door, and when she answered it, Phillips was at the door and “started hitting her on the face and head.”

Police reported that the alleged victim had a busted lip and knots on her head.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth told Phillips to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled and to come back to court June 18.

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