Prior domestic battery conviction results in felony allegation

A Pine Bluff man previously convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery will face a felony charge after being arrested Wednesday night.

Vernon Dockett, 29, allegedly hit his girlfriend under the eye when a verbal altercation between the two turned physical, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Dockett on Friday.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable cause affidavit that police were sent to a house in the 2300 block of West Havis Street at 8:12 p.m., and located Dockett walking down the street.

Lambert said in the affidavit that Dockett admitted being in a verbal argument but denied hitting the woman.

Kizer said Dockett had previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in 2008, and had a number of failure to appear warrants from district court.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Dockett and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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