Man arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend, threatening her and police


A reported domestic disturbance Saturday morning led to the arrest of a man who allegedly hit his girlfriend, and after he was arrested, threatened to kill police officers.

McKinley Avery, 34, allegedly broke a table inside a residence in the 2400 block of Belle Meade Drive, and used the table leg to hit his girlfriend, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Avery on Monday.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable cause affidavit that Avery also threatened to kill the woman, who was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center after the incident.

Kizer said that when Avery was put in a police car, he kicked out the window of the vehicle, and threatened to kill several police officers.

Avery is currently on parole and has a lengthy criminal record, Kizer said.

Lambert said in the affidavit that police were not able to interview Avery because he was intoxicated.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Avery after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and terroristic threatening.

Avery also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.