According to records at the Clay County Courthouse, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Charles Roger Moran, 28, Brazil, for his alleged involvement in an incident investigated by the Brazil City Police Department June 28.
Moran was charged with two class D felonies, including Domestic Battery and Strangulation.
Allegations include Moran struck an unidentified female victim in the stomach in front of a 2-year-old child and impeded her breathing or blood circulation, causing injury.
If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Moran at this time, it is potentially punishable with six-months-three years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000 for each charge.
On July 1, Moran appeared via video conference before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers. After being informed of his rights and the potential penalties in the case, a preliminary not guilty plea was entered on Moran's behalf. Attorney Geoffrey Creason was appointed as public defender and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
A no contact order was established on behalf of the victim and a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) was set in the case. The bond was ordered to be consecutive to any other bonds Moran might face due to other legal matters.
Moran was out on a previous $10,000 cash bond while awaiting further court proceedings on allegations he conspired to lure an unidentified "drug dealer" to the area to steal drugs and resale them on May 7.
Moran was preliminarily charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
According to jail officials at the Clay County Justice Center, Moran remains incarcerated at the facility while waiting for further court proceedings on both matters.