- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed a felony charge against a California man accused of hitting his public defender during an extradition hearing.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/MB9HTs ) 32-year-old David Anthony Aguilar Jr. was surrounded by detention officers and had his hands shackled to his waist Thursday when he appeared in District Court via video from the Yellowstone County jail. He pleaded not guilty to felony assault with a weapon. District Judge Mary Jane Knisley set his bond at $50,000.

Aguilar was arrested on a fugitive warrant from California and appeared at a Jan. 21 extradition hearing. He could be seen on video swinging his handcuffed fists and hitting public defender Erik Moore in the head.

Another public defender took over and Aguilar waived extradition. He will be returned to California after his charge in Yellowstone County is resolved.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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