Tahlequah Daily Press

April 1, 2013

Plea deal offered to man who fired shots

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A plea deal has been offered in the charges against a man who allegedly pulled a gun and fired several shots during a child-custody dispute.

Aaron Bayless, 45, was arrested by Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies in January and was later charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a firearm.

Bayless was released on a $20,000 bond and was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is set for a preliminary hearing April 8 at 1 p.m.

Deputies said the dispute involved family members of a 1-month-old infant. Bayless was described as the boyfriend of the baby’s maternal grandmother.

The baby’s mother was reportedly trying to leave with the child when she got into a fight with the baby’s father. Bayless allegedly retrieved a gun during the argument and fired several shots into the ground. Bayless also allegedly attacked the child’s paternal grandmother with a gun when she was holding the child.

Deputies said Bayless hit the woman in her head and arm.

The baby’s mother told deputies Bayless shot the gun in an attempt to scare the baby’s father and paternal grandmother.