According to information in a probable cause affidavit on file at the Clay County Courthouse, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call by a passing motorist reporting a fight between and man and woman at an undisclosed residence on east United States 40 around 5:30 p.m.
When the responding officer arrived, the female victim reported she and James B. Atkinson, 40, Brazil, had gotten into a dispute over money. She alleged that he hit and threatened her with a knife during a physical altercation that took place in her car.
She also claimed Atkinson damaged her car keys/fob and vehicle in an attempt to keep her from leaving.
Later, when questioned about the incident, Atkinson became agitated while denying the accusations and was ultimately taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center around 10 p.m.
Appearing via video conferencing before Judge J. Blaine Akers in Clay Superior Court Wednesday, Atkinson was formally charged with class B felony criminal confinement, class C felony intimidation, class A misdemeanor domestic battery and class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Akers set a $15,000 cash bond (10 percent allowed), ordered Atkinson have no contact with the victim and tentatively set a jury trial in the matter for Aug. 3.
Jail personnel confirmed Atkinson bonded out later that day to await further court proceedings in the matter.