A Jefferson County man who allegedly beat and stabbed his wife Thursday was ordered to have no contact with the woman after a court hearing Friday.

A Jefferson County man who allegedly beat and stabbed his wife Thursday was ordered to have no contact with the woman after a court hearing Friday.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth told Nicholas Crist, 31, to stay away from his wife after Bridgforth ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Crist with second-degree domestic battery.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the wife went to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was interviewed by a sheriff’s deputy at 9:37 a.m. Thursday.

Investigator Fred Green reported that the woman said her husband accused her of being unfaithful, stabbed her in the leg with a pocket knife, and hit her in the head with a hammer before she was able to get away.

At Kizer’s request, Bridgforth set a $75,000 bond for Nicholas Crist, and told him to come back to court March 16 at 9 a.m.

Kizer said he asked for the bond because Nicholas Crist had three pending felony charges, “most of them theft related,” in circuit court.

Bridgforth also appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Nicholas Crist.