3 domestic violence suspects in court






Two men and a woman were in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday charged in unrelated cases involving violent domestic altercations.

One of the men, James Ray Colson, is charged with stabbing his mother and the other, Tyler Cole Hutton, is alleged to have choked his girlfriend and shoved his fingers into her eyes.

The female, Brittany Brown, is charged with attacking her grandmother at a residence in Gassville, pulling the 69-year-old woman's hair, throwing her to the floor and kicking her in the face and head. The victim screamed for help and her daughter who was at the residence came to her rescue and got Brown to leave.

The incident took place, according to court records, in mid-June last year. In the probable cause affidavit in the Brown case, it is reported the grandmother has custody of Brittany Brown's children because of Brown's alleged "extensive methamphetamine" use and Brown had come to the grandmother's residence in an "agitated state," with the confrontation escalating to violence.

The 32-year-old Brown entered a not guilty plea to the charges against her and was ordered to reappear in circuit court March 8th. She was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

In the Colson case, Cotter police responded to a call of a stabbing in progress at an address along Walnut Hill Lane on February 17th. The victim told the Cotter Police officer her son -- identified as James Ray Colson -- had stabbed her in the arm. The officer recovered a yellow handled kitchen knife with drops of blood on it and saw bloody paper towels on the floor.

When the officer arrived, the 25-year-old Colson had fled his mother's residence. He was located in a residence along Highway 62 West were he had barricaded himself in the bathroom along with a bottle of vodka.

Colson entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him and was ordered to reappear in circuit court March 1st. His bond is set at $10,000. If Colson is able to bond out of jail, he was ordered not to have contact the victim.

Tyler Hutton of Mountain Home faces third degree domestic battery charges after a report came into police advising the 25-year-old Hutton and his girlfriend had gotten into a physical altercation.

The girlfriend told officers she attempted to leave the apartment when Hutton grabbed her by the hair. He was also alleged to have poked the woman in the eyes with his fingers. When Hutton left the residence, the girlfriend called police.

The altercation took place in the presence of several children.

Court records indicate Hutton was sentenced in 2016 for a similar type offense in California. He is an active parolee, according to court records.

During Thursday's court session, Hutton was asked if he had made arrangements for a lawyer to represent him. He responded he did not need one because the victim did not want to press charges against him. Judge Gordon Webb said the victim could certainly make such a request, but prosecutors did not have to abide by it. He said it was prosecutors, not victims, who filed charges. The judge advised Hutton to get an attorney.

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