According to documents at the Clay County Courthouse, Clay Superior Court issued arrest warrants for Nicole Frasco, 25, Jasonville, and Dustin Watts, 28, Coalmont, on Aug. 5 after a review of case details by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
On July 21, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a residence in the rural Lewis area. During questioning, officers discovered three individuals were allegedly involved, while the unidentified homeowner was not.
Apparently a verbal and physical altercation broke out between the unidentified victim, Frasco and Watts when the couple arrived at the home. During the course of the investigation, allegations of choking, hair pulling, wrestling, threats of using a metal pipe and a butcher's knife as a weapon and the actual use of a baseball bat were told to the investigators by the three individuals during the struggle.
The victim, who did not want to press charges and told authorities they did not start the altercation, was treated for extreme pain and broken bones in the left ankle and foot.
Frasco and Watts, who each sustained minor injuries during the scuffle, made statements the victim "went crazy" and started the altercation.
The three voluntary statements and a probable cause affidavit were presented to the prosecutor's office for review on Aug. 3.
Because of the subsequent arrest warrants issued, Frasco and Watts were taken into custody over the weekend and booked into the Clay County Justice Center where they remained incarcerated until appearing by videoconference before Judge Pro Tem James Deal on Monday.
Entering a not guilty plea, Frasco was formally charged with class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon and class D criminal confinement. A cash bond of $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed) was set, a public defender was appointed and a jury trial tentatively scheduled for Jan. 11, 2010.
Also entering a not guilty plea, Watts was formally charged with class D criminal confinement and class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. A cash bond of $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed) was set, a public defender was appointed and a jury trial tentatively scheduled for Jan. 11, 2010.
A no contact order with the victim was established in both cases and Frasco and Watts were remanded back into the custody of the jail staff to await further court proceedings.