Farmerville man arrested, accused of battering current and former girlfriends; two more people charged with obstruction

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William Ovitt (left), Dalton Jinks (center), and Lisa Jones (right)

FARMERVILLE, La. (Press Release) — A Union Parish man is in custody accused of domestic abuse battery on his current and former girlfriends. Two of his friends also were arrested for hiding him out in their house.

William Ovitt

Union Parish sheriff’s deputies received the first complaint against William Cody Ovitt, 24, of 110 Circle Drive, Farmerville, on Jan. 9, Sheriff Dusty Gates said.

Ovitt’s then girlfriend came to UPSO headquarters and told deputies that she and her boyfriend had argued on Jan. 7. She stated that Ovitt, the father of her child, pulled a knife on her and that during the fight she was cut on her left hand.

Gates said that the woman also reported that during the struggle in her car that the vehicle was damaged. Warrants were issued for Ovitt’s arrest for aggravated battery, domestic abuse aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

The next day on Jan. 10, the victim came back to the office recanting her story stating that she had made everything up. She was then issued a summons for filing a false report.

Gates said that on Jan. 14, the victim came back to UPSO stating that she was sorry for recanting her original complaint. She stated she recanted because Ovitt had threatened to kill her and she was extremely afraid of him and for her children’s safety. The warrants were then re-issued for his arrest.

While searching for Ovitt, UPSO received a call from Union General Hospital in reference to a domestic abuse battery. This victim, who stated that she and Ovitt had been in a previous relationship in 2018-2019, told deputies that the two argued because she had refused to give him an immediate ride on Jan. 15.

When she finally picked him up to take him back to her residence in Downsville, the victim stated that he was irate and kept threatening her. Gates said the woman reported that when she arrived home, she told Ovitt to find himself a ride back to where he came. She went inside a locked the door.

Gates said Ovitt reportedly started beating on the door and making threats. He reportedly kicked to door in, grabbed the victim by the throat and shoved her down in a bathroom. The victim’s head hit the toilet and Ovitt allegedly struck her numerous times with a closed fist. Gates said the suspect reportedly told the victim he would kill her if she called law enforcement.

The victim used her cell phone to video Ovitt kicking in the front door and coming directly at her, the sheriff said.

The victim was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.

Gates said deputies learned on Jan. 17 that Ovitt was coming and going at a residence at 110 Circle Drive and went there in an attempt to find him.

The sheriff said Lisa Marie Jones, 30, answered the door and stated several times that Ovitt was not there. However, she gave deputies permission to search the residence and that they called out loudly for anyone in the house to come see them.

In a back room of the mobile home, deputies found Dalton Ryan Jinks, 32, who denied that Ovitt was there. He told deputies that he had not seen Ovitt.

Ovitt was found inside the residence and taken into custody.

He is charged with felony counts of second-degree battery, home invasion, aggravated battery, domestic abuse battery and intimidation of witnesses. He also is charged with criminal damage to property. He is being held without bail as ordered by Third District Court Judge Bruce Hampton.

Jinks and Jones were both charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jinks bail was set at $10,000 and Jones’ at $15,000. Jones also was charged with failing to appear in court on a traffic violation and bail set at $250.

Gates said that Ovitt has a history of domestic abuse battery and is currently on state probation for violation of a protective order (two counts), and false imprisonment.

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