SIERRA VISTA – Local attorney and recent judicial candidate Paul Randall “Randy” Bays was arrested early Saturday morning by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office on charges of aggravated assault domestic violence for an incident that sent a woman to the hospital.

According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas, Bays was involved in an altercation outside his home in which a woman known to Bays was injured at her property when a car door was shut on her arm. She was taken from the scene for medical treatment. The sheriff’s office doesn’t expect to release information about her condition.

Bays was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. after deputies arrested him at his home without further issue, Capas said. He had an initial court appearance around 9 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Justice Court at which time he was released on his own recognizance, which is a common practice in such cases.

Earlier this year Bays was one of four candidates considered by Gov. Doug Ducey for an appointment to the Cochise County Superior Court. The former U.S. Marine Corps JAG officer specializes in family law, civil and property litigation, and mediation cases and has had an office in Sierra Vista since 1994.

He is also the city attorney for Tombstone, a position he’s held since 1996, and served as attorney for the town of Huachuca City from 2003 to 2005.

The Cochise County Attorney’s Office has 48 hours to file a formal complaint against Bays, otherwise Saturday’s charges will be dismissed. However, a complaint can be filed at a later date if the county attorney’s office needs additional information before proceeding with prosecution.

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