9:05 P.M (MST)
Jason Williams appeared before Yuma County Justice Court Monday.
This was following his scheduled court appearance last Thursday when the judge declared Mr. Williams had waived his right to appear following his behavior while being transferred from a detention facility.
"The defendant appeared before the court previously, but details had been provided from the detention facility staff indicating that the defendant was being disruptive in transit,” said Justice of the Peace Gregory S. Stewart. For that reason I had deemed that the defendant had waived his right to appear before the court."
The suspect was joined by his defense counsel, and is facing six felony charges, including sexual assault, aggravated assault, and kidnapping per domestic violence.
The charges stem from an incident in which the 42-year-old barricaded himself in an apartment after police were called to investigate a domestic violence disturbance that involved Williams’ girlfriend.
After a police standoff that lasted several hours, Williams exited the residence and was taken into custody.
During an initial appearance in which he was not allowed in court, a victim’s advocate for his girlfriend appeared in court, pleading with the judge to keep Williams behind bars.
His bond has been set at $500,000.