Couple pleads not guilty to assaults

Published 11:28 am Friday, October 7, 2016

The Clark County couple accused of assaulting each other with a fireplace poker remain in jail after their first court appearance Wednesday.

Bobby Singleton, 79, and Tracy White, 43, both of  340 Browning Lane, were arrested Monday night after sheriff’s deputies were called to their residence. Both were arrested for second-degree assault after they were released from the hospital.

Wednesday, a district judge appointed attorneys to represent them both and entered automatic not-guilty pleas, because the charge is a felony.

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Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 12 in Clark District Court.

When deputies reached the residence Monday night, Singleton had a laceration on his forehead and White had a laceration on her right leg.

According to the incident report, White said she was lying on the bed when Singleton attempted to initiate sex. She said she refused, which is when Singleton allegedly hit her with a fireplace poker. White said she had hit him with the poker.

Singleton told deputies he was lying on the bed when White allegedly hit him with the poker and woke him up. He said he didn’t remember hitting her but he could have.

The pair reportedly have a history of disputes which result in violence, according to the incident report.

The pair are both being held on a $2,500 cash bond in the Clark County Detention Center.

If convicted of second-degree assault, each could receive five to 10 years in prison.

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