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Police chief in Auroura in court on battery charges
DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. (WKRC) -- Aurora's police chief appeared in court Tuesday not in his uniform, but wearing cuffs around his wrists and chains around his ankles. Only Local 12's Tiffany Wilson was in court and has more on the charges Bryan Fields faces.
Chief Fields faces one misdemeanor count of domestic battery and two misdemeanor counts of battery after police arrived at his home early Sunday morning. Today in court we learned more about what allegedly happened.
Fields' wife, Holly, told the judge two of her adult sons entered their bedroom thinking she needed protection, but she says that was a misconception. She told the judge she wasn't hurt and in the 15 years of their marriage nothing like this has happened before.
Holly testified that Fields is on medicine and that his levels need to be regulated. She also told the judge that she's set up counseling sessions for both of them. Then Holly told the judge she does not want the 'no contact' order the state recommended.
The judge weighed the accusations against Fields, that he punched Holly in the ribs, headbutted one of her adult sons in the nose and punched another adult son in the head, against the chief's clean record and strong ties to the community. Then the judge set Fields' bail at $500 with the stipulation that he have no contact with his adult stepsons.
A special prosecutor from Ripley County was also appointed to take over the case from Dearborn County. Chief fields is expected to get out of jail Tuesday. His next hearing is January 30th.