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June 24, 2014

Blackman pleads innocent to assault

A McAlester man appeared in front of Special District Judge Tim Mills Monday afternoon for his alleged role in an assault and battery at the Pittsburg Country Justice Center in March.

Richard Blackman, 30, pleaded Monday innocent to his two counts of battery/assault and battery on a police officer.

It is alleged that on March 3, Blackman gave county law enforcement wrong information while they tried to book him into the jail. After law enforcement were able to figure Blackman’s true identity, it is alleged that Blackman became belligerent and appeared to be acting like he was having a seizure.

When the law enforcement entered the cell to help Blackman, they said that he became violent. It is alleged that Sgt. Kyle Halyard and Detention Officer Homer McOwen were struck in the face and head area with Blackman’s elbow and forearm.

According to a Pittsburg County deputy’s affidavit, Blackman was bleeding from the mouth during the struggle.   

Blackman was charged in April with the two counts, but it was not until Monday that he appeared at the Pittsburg County Courthouse for the charge.

His bond was originally set for $20,000, but it

was reduced to $10,000 Monday.

If convicted, Blackman could face up to 10 years in prison because of a prior felony conviction of false personation in 2005.

Contact Parker Perry at pperry@mccalesternews.com

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