A 27-year-old Ardmore woman who told police it was self defense when she blasted her boyfriend with a .410 gauge shotgun during an early-morning altercation Jan. 25 has waived her rights to a preliminary hearing.
Tarra Bond faces assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the shooting of Chevis Howard. Carter County District Court documents indicate Bond’s attorney, Jason May, officially filed the waiver Tuesday.
Bond shot Howard about 1:40 a.m. at a residence located in the 800 block of Bailey Street just 11 days after obtaining an emergency protective order against him. The 33-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was airlifted to OU Medical Center where he underwent surgery and subsequently recovered from the injury he sustained.
Howard’s criminal record shows he pled guilty and served a prison sentence on an assault with dangerous weapon charge and was serving a suspended sentence at the time he was shot, after pleading guilty in 2012 to felonious possession of firearm charges.
And while Bond had obtained a protective order against Howard, Sgt. Bobby Moore, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, said at the time, evidence indicated she was willingly spending time with Howard when the shooting occurred. She was taken into custody and booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Bond was released from the county jail days later after posting a $100,000 bond set on the charge.
She continues to be free on bond pending the outcome of the case. Formal arraignment is set for 9 a.m. April 30.