Woman claims she hit man with bat in self-defense

Woman claims she hit man with bat in self-defense
Shahada Jakira Jackson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman faces a battery charge after police say she struck a man in the head with a baseball bat.

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Friday to charge 24-year-old Shahada Jackson with second-degree battery and first-degree criminal mischief.

Investigators say Jackson struck the victim in the head during an argument Thursday in the 1500-block of Estates.

Jackson told officers at the time of her arrest that it was "self-defense." She also reportedly admitted to hitting the victim's vehicle, damaging it.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the officers observed the victim had an injury to the left side of his head and found blood in the living and laundry rooms of the residence.

The victim refused EMS on scene but was taken to a local hospital by a friend for treatment of his injuries.

On Friday, he was among those in the courtroom when Jackson's name was called. The man asked Fowler if he could drop the charges against Jackson, but the judge said he would need to address that with the circuit court judge on April 27.

Within two hours of appearing before the judge in video court, Jackson was released on a $1,500 cash/surety bond.

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