BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge police officer facing domestic abuse charges was in court for a bond forfeiture hearing Wednesday morning.
Melvin Cosey, 33, is accused of strangling the victim in October 2015.
There will be a motions hearing on July 28 on the bond forfeiture matter. Judge Trudy White is presiding over the case.
Cosey, a patrolman with the Baton Rouge Police Department, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 4, 2016 to two counts of domestic abuse battery (strangulation).
Police said Cosey had two separate altercations at his home with a victim on October 15 and October 17 that ended with physical abuse. He was arrested on October 21. White set his bond at $5,000 and issued a restraining order to keep him away from the victim.
According to an arrest warrant, Cosey threatened to kill the victim on two occasions. He is accused of shoving the victim to the ground and placing his foot on the face of the victim. He is also accused of grabbing the victim by the throat and shoving the victim against a wooden fence.
A protective order filed in Family Court states that the alleged abuse has occurred for many years. The victim claims the abuse was also reported by a family member to a supervisor at the Baton Rouge Police Department in June 2015.
Cosey graduated from the Baton Rouge Police Academy in 2013. He has been with the police department for just over two years and has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.