By Ray King

A $50,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of cutting the throat of a woman during a domestic altercation Sunday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Charlie Dismuke, 29, with first-degree domestic battery.

Reading from a probable cause affidavit from Detective Corey Wilfong, Deputy Prosecutor Caleb Conrad said police were sent to the 3700 block of Miramar Drive in reference to a domestic incident and when they arrived found a white female sitting in a chair covered with blood. She was taken to Jefferson Regional Hospital for treatment.

A neighbor told police that the victim and Dismuke had been fighting for three days and an attempt to locate Dismuke in the area was unsuccessful.

Wilfong reported that he interviewed the victim at the hospital, and she said she woke up and saw Dismuke standing at her door yelling for his brother. She said he hit her and knocked her to the floor, and she blacked out.

She said when she came to, Dismuke was on top of her and was cutting her throat with a knife with a blue broken handle. She was taken into surgery because of the extent of her injuries.

Conrad said an-off duty officer who was working security at the hospital notified Wilfong that Dismuke had showed up at the emergency room and he had a knife with a blue broken handle in his pocket. He was being treated for three puncture wounds to the stomach and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown drug. Hospital personnel told Wilfong that Dismuke had not been given any medication.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Dismuke, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim until the case is settled.