Jefferson County man arrested on domestic violence felony charge


A reported domestic disturbance Friday resulted in the arrest of a man on felony charges because of a prior conviction for domestic battery.

Donald Marks, 32, will have to post a $5,000 bond to be released from the county detention center after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Tuesday probable cause existed to charge Marks with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D felony.

Marks was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies after they responded to the reported disturbance in the 5900 block of Gwen Lane at 10:40 a.m.

Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Mickey Buffkin reported that both Marks and his girlfriend, Monica Brinkley, 43, had minor visible injuries and Brinkley told deputies Marks had thrown a cup of water at her after the two argued. She reportedly threw a cup of water back at him, then Marks allegedly hit Brinkley in the jaw and behind her head, she said.

Marks also reportedly poured water on her phone and Brinkley reportedly poured water on his computer. A flat screen television was also reportedly damaged during the altercation.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney also ordered Marks to have no contact with Brinkley and told him to come back to court Jan. 8, 2013.

Brinkley was also arrested on misdemeanor domestic battery charges, and was released after posting bond.

Marks said he would hire his own attorney.