Man charged with violating order of protection from jail

News-DemocratFebruary 5, 2014 

The day after a St. Clair County jury acquitted him on charges of felony domestic battery, Deandre Higgins was charged with violating an order of protection for calling his former girlfriend from jail.

Higgins, 26, was charged with two counts of violating an order of protection for calling Victoria Barber, the victim in the domestic battery case, on Dec. 25 and Jan. 13. Higgins was in St. Clair County Jail at the time on the domestic battery charge.

The jury acquitted Higgins of felony domestic battery on Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Higgins on Nov. 4. He was charged with grabbing Barber by the hair and neck. Barber told police that Higgins also punched her in the face and threw her to the ground.

Higgins went to Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville for treatment. Medical personnel called police. Erin Conner, who defended Higgins in the domestic battery case, said Tuesday that Higgins maintained that he did not touch Barber and she called police after he was seeing other girls while they were broken up.

Higgins was on parole on a 2011 attempted residential burglary charge in St. Clair County.

Conner said Tuesday that Higgins maintained that he was innocent of the domestic battery.

No bail has been set in the new felony.

Higgins remains in St. Clair County Jail on Wednesday. He has been there for 91 days.

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