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Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 01:49 PM

Detentions deputy pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Detentions Deputy James Tackitt Jr. in a file photo of his arraignment in Kern County Superior. His attorney at the time of the arraignment was Fred Gagliardini, in the background. Tackitt had a different attorney at trial.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

A Kern County sheriff's detentions deputy accused of putting a gun to his wife's head and threatening to kill her was formally arraigned Wednesday morning.

James Ronald Tackitt Jr., 30, was out of custody on $50,000 bail as he entered Department 2 of Kern County Superior Court and was arraigned by Judge Michael G. Bush. Tackitt pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a gun on a person, threatening with the intent to terrorize, false imprisonment with violence and spousal battery.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday for a motion by the prosecution to raise Tackitt's bail, and a pre-preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Tackitt's attorney, Fred Gagliardini, said he's waiting to see if additional charges will be filed.

Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said Wednesday that Tackitt is still employed with the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

Bakersfield police said they responded to Tackitt's home Jan. 30 for a domestic violence report. They found that Tackitt and his wife had been in an argument about 11:30 a.m.

Tackitt retrieved a gun during the argument, loaded it and forced his wife into a closet, police said. He ordered her to kneel on the ground and then placed the barrel of the gun to the back of her head, police reported.

Tackitt repeatedly said he was going to shoot her and then himself, according to police. The wife was able to talk Tackitt into letting her leave the house with her child.

Neither the wife nor the child were injured.

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