By Ray King

A $75,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of shooting two people during an altercation of Jan. 15.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Calvin Watts, 53, with two counts of first-degree battery, two counts of aggravated assault and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction in California.

Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said police responded to a reported shooting at an address on West 9th Avenue and when they arrived found a female sitting in a chair in the kitchen who had been shot twice in the right thigh. A bullet had grazed the left side of the face of a second female.

Detective Jason Boykin reported that Watts and a male who was at the house got into an argument and Watts pulled a gun, put in the face of one of the people, and threatened to shoot them.

One of the female shooting victims told police Watts and the male had gotten into an argument which turned into a physical altercation and when she tried to break it up, Watts pulled out a gun and started shooting.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Watts, who was ordered to have no contact with the victims until the case is settled.