A $100,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Jefferson County man who allegedly shot the mother of his child after a rolling altercation on U.S. 79 Monday afternoon.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Edward Spears Jr., 24, with first-degree battery.
Spears turned himself in to Arkansas State Police investigators Tuesday morning with an attorney and declined to make a statement.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Special Agent Huston Talley, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the State Police Highway Patrol Division asked special agents to investigate the incident, which was reported at 1:52 p.m.
The female victim had been taken to the Emergency Room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
At the scene, a witness told Talley he was driving between two cars when the female driving one of the cars appeared like she was going to pass the other car, then rammed the other vehicle on the driver's side.
Talley reported that the witness told him that both vehicles pulled over to the side of the road, and the female got out of her vehicle and started walking back to the other vehicle when a man, later identified as Spears, got out of his vehicle and walked toward the woman with a gun in his hand.
The witness said he started to pass both stopped vehicles when he heard four shots, saw the woman fall, and saw the man walk back to his vehicle and drive away. The witness said he turned his vehicle around and went back to check on the woman.
A second witness, who was in the vehicle with the first witness, reported that the woman was on the phone with her mother and allegedly said “E.J. or A.J. shot me.” That witness also reported seeing a small child in the woman's car.
Talley reported that when he interviewed the woman, she said she had “been into it” with the father of the child about him taking the child, and she drove to his house in Wabbaseka but he was not home. She said she later saw him driving and pulled along side his vehicle but he would not stop so she “side-swiped” his vehicle.
The woman identified Spears as the father of the child, and said she was seven weeks pregnant with a second child that he was the father of.
Spears, who had no prior convictions or pending charges was ordered to have no contact with the woman until the case is settled.