HAZARD —A Perry County man already facing a misdemeanor assault charge is now facing two felony counts.
Lonnie Webb Bowling, Jr., 32 of Slemp, was arrested last month for allegedly assaulting a woman on Jan. 28. Bowling was charged with fourth-degree assault; the judge then added two felony charges for wanton endangerment once Bowling made his court appearance last week.
According to police reports, Bowling allegedly held a .44 pistol to the woman’s head during the altercation that led to his arrest last month. Neighbors in the area reported they heard a shot fired just before the woman and her son came to their house where they called police.
Bowling was arrested by the Kentucky State Police at 9:30 p.m. and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. His bond was set at $50,000 cash on Jan. 29. His arraignment was held Feb. 4, and all motions to have the bond dropped have been denied thus far.
Police reports indicate the arresting officer, Sgt. Kevin Guier, observed the presence of alcohol on the defendant; the firearm was not recovered from the scene.
Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen said it is not uncommon for a judge to add charges like this after an arraignment.
“It happens from time to time,” Hansen said. “The county attorney makes a motion to amend the charges and then the judge conducts a preliminary hearing. The district court judge, at a preliminary hearing, always has the discretion to either add additional charges or to amend felonies down to misdemeanors or even dismiss a case.”
Hansen said Bowling is facing no further charges at this time.
The grand jury will consider this case at a later date.