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A Jamestown man remains at the Stutsman County Correctional Center pending trial on charges of violation of a domestic violence order, aggravated assault (domestic), gross sexual imposition and simple assault (domestic).

Jerry Lynn Lopez, who is either 28 or 29, with no listed address in Jamestown, waived a preliminary hearing before Judge John     Greenwood Thursday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. He was bound over for trial.

Lopez is accused of violating a domestic violence protection order for a second time, a Class C felony, causing serious bodily injury by strangling, a Class C felony, compelling a victim to submit by threat, a Class A felony, and      causing bodily injury by    kicking and striking, a Class B misdemeanor.

William Mackenzie, Lopez’s court-appointed defense attorney, requested the current $50,000 cash bail amount be eliminated and Lopez be released on a promise to appear.

“The victim is an ex-girlfriend from Texas and they had a child together,” Mackenzie said. “It is a situation of he said, she said. There is a violation of a court order even though she repeatedly invited him to see her and the child.”

Troy LeFevre, assistant Stutsman County state’s attorney, said Lopez has no ties to the community other than to the victim and has prior convictions.

Greenwood denied the request for a reduction in bail. Further court dates have not been scheduled.

A Class A felony is     punishable by 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. A Class C felony is        punishable by five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.