Prichard police officer charged with domestic assault faces new charges

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Prichard police officer and his girlfriend, who accuses him of assaulting her, exchange new allegations.

Markell Anthony Carter, 28, faces four new charges – second-degree domestic violence/witness intimidation; third degree domestic violence/harassment; violate an abuse protection order; and make a false complaint to the police. He was taken to the Metropolitan Mobile County Jail on Friday afternoon.

It was unclear Friday whether Carter was staying on the Prichard force.

Mobile County prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke Carter’s bail in the original domestic violence case, in which he is accused of assaulting Tonesha Doucette and pointing a gun at her. Defense attorney Scott Hawk reckoned on Friday asking the judge to order Doucette to explain why she violated a no contact order.

Doucette, who filed for an abuse protection order, wrote in a court filing that Carter punched her on the back of the head and back and pulled her hair on April 17. This happened almost a month after the previous one. incident.

“He threw me out of the bed he pinned me to,” she wrote. “He grabbed a knife after he finished beating me.”

Doucette added that Carter put the knife on a chest of drawers and pushed her out the back door and wouldn’t let her get her things.

But Hawk told FOX10 News that Doucette was the attacker and that she went to her client’s home despite an order from Mobile County District Judge George Zoghby ordering her and Carter to to stay away from each other.

“The motion is pretty clear, crisp and dry,” he said.

Hawk said that was precisely the outcome he warned of when he asked the judge in March for a no-contact order against Doucette. He said at the time that he thought she was trying to induce his client to have his bail revoked.

“If he was arrested, I don’t see why she doesn’t get arrested. … I feel like my guy is a victim at this point,” he said.

Hawk said he plans to present evidence of property damage and physical injuries to Carter.

Mobile County Chief Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood told FOX10 News that a no contact order against a victim is not enforceable.

“The court does not have jurisdiction over the victim to order no contact,” he said. “The judges will order this to try to defuse the situation.”

Blackwood said prosecutors generally don’t object, but he added: ‘We should argue whether the court has jurisdiction to hold a victim in contempt when they have no jurisdiction to order a restraining order. -contact in the first place.”

Hawk said he disagreed with this legal interpretation.

“He’s not the judge,” he said. “The judge can make that decision.”

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