Domestic issues prompt three felony charges in two Independence County Circuit Court cases


The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has charged three people with felonies, according to recent Independence County Circuit Court filings.

In the first case, Tyrone F. Walker, 44, is charged with second and third-degree domestic battery for striking a woman he knew was pregnant and fracturing her left cheekbone. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. The Affidavit of Probable Cause for Arrest says the incident occurred on Aug. 26 of last year on Holly Street in Independence County.

The court record said the victim, Araevia Graves, was visiting her mother when her stepfather, Walker, got into an altercation with her mother, punching her with his fist.

When Graves attempted to stop the altercation, Walker turned to her and punched her multiple times in the head and face. Graves said the punching and hitting stopped when another person, Dalvin Graves, intervened. Walker then left the residence, according to the record.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody said Walker is charged with one count of second-degree domestic battery and one count of third-degree domestic battery. Walker’s last known address was in Texarkana, Ark., according to Moody.

Judge Chaney Taylor set a bond of $15,000.

The second circuit court filing involved the arrest and subsequent charging of two individuals: Carrie Joann Tumey, 27, of 950 Bethesda Rd. in Independence County and Robert E. Walter, 36, of 732 Boswell St. in Batesville.

The Feb. 6 incident began as a domestic issue with an assault on a household member and escalated into terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest, fleeing in a vehicle, and more, according to court documents.

Authorities charged Walter with possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, after finding a plastic baggie of the controlled substance in his pocket; fleeing in a vehicle; and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree. Walter is also being charged as a habitual offender, having been previously convicted of four or more felonies.

Tumey was charged with second-degree assault on a household member, terroristic threatening in the first degree, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.

Bond was set on Tumey at $15,000. Walter’s bond is $30,000.

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