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Man arrested for threatening parents

A Van Buren man acquitted by a jury in May of attacking a childhood friend has been arrested for threatening his parents with a knife and shotgun.

Eric Ray Hodnett, 25, was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault on a family member, three counts of resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Monday, Circuit Judge Gary R. Cottrell ruled there was enough evidence to hold Hodnett.

Cottrell appointed the public defender’s office to represent Hodnett and set his bond at $15,000.

Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said Van Buren police arrested Hodnett Saturday at the home of his parents, Donna and Ray Hodnett, on Skyline Circle.

Donna Hodnett told police Eric Hodnett had been drinking and “was on a substance” when he threatened his parents with a knife and a .12-gauge shotgun, McCune said.

During his arrest, Hodnett fought with officers, spit at them and refused to stand as he was taken to the patrol car, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

In May, Hodnett was found not guilty of first-degree battery in connection with the May 2, 2012, beating of Dustin Kling. Hodnett also was acquitted of the lesser-included offense of second-degree battery and misdemeanor third-degree battery.

Hodnett testified he only struck Kling one time, in defense of his fiancee Kayla Williams.

Kling suffered a broken orbital bone that required reconstructive surgery, suffered from bleeding and bruising of the brain and suffers partial hearing loss in his right ear as a result of the attack.

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