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Independence County man charged with felony assault after woman and her dog hit with vehicle

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has charged a man with felony aggravated assault on a household member, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The affidavit for probable cause for arrest stems from a March 2018 incident where Amanda McKibben drove home with Christopher Holder, 40, of Floral Road in Independence County, who was passed out in the back seat of the vehicle after a “night out.”

When McKibben woke Holder, he started an argument with her over ending their relationship, according to the court information. As McKibben was getting her belongings out of the vehicle, Holder put the vehicle in reverse, and it started to go backward. The vehicle hit McKibben, knocking her to the ground and dragging her in the driveway. McKibben sought medical attention from the incident. Holder also ran over McKibben’s dog, causing injury to it, according to the court documents.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens is asking for a warrant to be issued on Christopher G. Holder for felony aggravated assault of a household member. The Class D felony, upon conviction, is punishable by imprisonment of up to six years and a fine of up to $10,000 or a combination of both a fine and imprisonment.

Judge Chaney Taylor has set bond at $10,000.

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