Judge denies bond reduction for Fort Smith man

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge has denied a request to lower the bond for a 19-year-old Fort Smith man charged with killing his aunt.

Dustin Trowbridge is charged with first degree murder in the Feb. 13 shooting death of 25-year-old Rita Jackalynne Anderson. The Southwest Times Record reports ( that Trowbridge remains jailed on $500,000 bond after Judge Michael Fitzhugh denied the request on Thursday - saying Trowbridge has a history of violence that includes two assault convictions.

Anderson's boyfriend told police Trowbridge was arguing with Anderson and waving a gun in her face when she slapped the gun away before he shot her in the face.

Trowbridge has pleaded not guilty and said the shooting was an accident.

Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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