Prior domestic battery conviction results in felony arrest

A reported disturbance between a Pine Bluff man and his girlfriend Friday morning resulted in the arrest of both on domestic battery charges, but because the man has prior convictions, he could be charged with a felony.

William Boatman, 25, actually had two prior misdemeanor convictions, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday.

Kizer said police were called to the 300 block of West Harding Avenue at 8:45 p.m., after a verbal disagreement between Boatman and the woman turned physical.

The woman told police that Boatman had bit her finger and Boatman said the woman also bit him after she came to his apartment and found another woman there, Detective Marcia Oliver said in a probable cause affidavit.

The woman was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and after a records check indicated a prior conviction for Boatman, he was held on the felony allegation.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Boatman on second offense third-degree domestic battery and told him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Boatman was told to come back to court April 29.