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Attempted murder charges filed on Mammoth Spring man

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Mammoth Spring man is being held in the Sharp County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond for attempted murder and other charges following an Aug. 7 incident in which he allegedly intentionally struck another man with his vehicle.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Fulton County District Court, Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis noticed Joshua Cox, 34, near the Anthony Smith residence, at the Old Gooseneck Restaurant in Mammoth Spring, despite having a no contact order with Smith.

After pulling into the parking lot, Davis saw Cox accelerate his vehicle and hit Smith with his vehicle, driving forward until he hit a pole in front of the home. Cox then backed up, accelerated again, driving in circles in the parking lot before attempting to strike the officer's patrol car.

Smith was seriously hurt in the incident.

Cox was taken into custody and later charged with attempted first degree murder, second degree battery and aggravated assault.

While Cox is facing charges in Fulton County, he is being held in the Sharp County Jail. District Judge Mark Johnson set Cox's bond, at a first appearance hearing, at $500,000 cash or professional.

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