The woman facing a domestic violence charge involving a former Akron judge will be back on the street soon.
Ashley Boykin, 26, appeared before Judge Tammy O'Brien wearing jail black and white stripes; she'd been held in jail as a probation violator since the incident a week ago when police answered a 9-1-1 call at the home of former Municipal Court Judge and Magistrate Orlando Williams late in the evening of Thursday, January 3.
Boykin was charged with a misdemeanor count of Domestic Violence - Menacing for threatening Williams during an argument that was recorded because her cell phone dialed 9-1-1. Williams was charged with a misdemeanor count of Misconduct During an Emergency, for calling police and telling them after the original 9-1-1 call neither he nor Boykin were in the home. Police found both in a kitchen after they had to break the door down to follow up on the domestic disturbance.
Boykin's troubles also kept her in the Summit County jail on a probation violation. She'd been on community control since pleading guilty to a felony gun charge from a November 2011 incident when she shot a gun into a former boyfriend's Barberton home.
Boykin's attorney told Judge O'Brien his client should be released for a psychiatric exam, and that the "reason she gets in trouble" is because she was not taking earlier-prescribed medication. The probation officer's report also noted she was doing well so long as she was on medication.
The Prosecutor's Office argued the original conviction of shooting into an ex-boyfriend's home, coupled with an arrest for drunk driving in May 2012 and the latest incident, led to concerns that not keeping current on medication would leave her in a state where she posed a danger to herself and others.
O'Brien released Boykin on the condition she meet with her doctor for a psychiatric evaluation, noting she needed to take her medications. As Boykin was led out of the court, she had a tear in her eye as she passed family members who were in the courtroom.
Boykin was also scheduled for a pretrial in Akron Municipal Court today on the domestic violence charge.
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