PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A magistrate judge has denied a West Virginia prosecutor’s request to go to trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges instead of participating in an intervention program.
Mark Plants is charged with domestic battery of his 11-year-old son. Prosecutors say Plants hit the boy more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.
He also is charged with violating a domestic-violence protection order. The order required that Plants stay away from his ex-wife and their sons.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the judge on Friday denied a request to set trial dates on the charges.
He told Plants that he must attend the 32-week batterers intervention program in Putnam County under a previous agreement last month. The charges could be dropped upon completion of the program.