A Pine Bluff woman convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in 2010 will have to post a $5,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center while prosecutors prepare felony charges against her.
Following a court hearing Monday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Madie Fudge, 34, with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D felony.
Detective Brad Vilches reported that Fudge was arrested Sunday by Officer Chris Wieland, who was sitting on a parking lot at Hoover and Hutchinson streets in the Dollarway area when he saw two women fighting.
Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said police reported that Fudge grabbed the other woman by the hair and tried to drag her away from a vehicle when police intervened.
Fudge allegedly claimed that she was in her room when two women walked in and started to beat her up, and she was defending herself.
In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Fudge to have no contact with the alleged victim, and told her to come back to court Jan. 7.
Fudge said she would hire her own attorney.