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Woman who bit deputy denied bond

By Walter Geiger A Milner woman accused of biting a Lamar deputy after claiming she was HIV positive and had Hepatitis C was denied bond Aug. 14 in Lamar superior court. Joy Lynn Day, 39, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction and various drug counts stemming from an alleged attack on Maj. Leslie Holmes May 24. According to assistant district attorney Matt Bridges, Day was parked at a stop sign at the intersection of Brown Springs Rd. and Old Hwy. 41 at the burned out Lighthouse restaurant when Holmes came upon her. There had been property thefts and burglaries in the area so Holmes checked the driver. At one point, Day walked away from Holmes with something in her hand. When Holmes attempted to stop her, an altercation ensued and Holmes acquired a “pretty nasty bite”. Public defender John Geiger argued the bite occurred after Holmes shot Day. Sheriff Brad White has said Holmes fired five shots at Day, striking her once in the left arm. “We would argue Ms. Day initiated the altercation,” Bridges countered. Judge E. Byron Smith asked Day where she had been shot. Though manacled, Day attempted to show the judge the wound on her upper arm. ”You’re lucky to be alive,” the judge admonished. ”I thank God for that every day,” Day replied. ’You should have been thinking about God earlier. Bond denied,” Judge Smith concluded.

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