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There was a moment of tension on Monday in the Christian County Courthouse. 21 year old Michael W. Beaty of Pana appeared in court on a first appearance for aggravated assault, aggravated battery of a police officer, and resisting a peace officer. Beaty didn’t respond to questions at first when asked if he understood what the state was accusing him of, and was warned about using inappropriate language once he did. Beaty later ignored the warning, and continued to use inappropriate language to which Judge Brad Paisley sentenced Beaty to criminal contempt of court and ordered him to serve 7 days in jail. The State began reading probable cause for bond when Beaty continued to speak out of order. Judge Paisley warned Beaty that should he continue to speak out of order he would be removed from the courthouse. Probable Cause for bond was found, and bond was set at $50,000. The court appointed Beaty a public a defender, and set a first appearance with counsel for August 23rd.

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