On march 27, 2016, members of the sheriff's off and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a domestic disturbance on Jones Street in Maywood, Missouri. After further investigation, Ernest R. Branham, age 56, was taken into custody for domestic assault. The female victim alleged Mr. Branham had pointed a handgun at her while in an intoxicated condition.
On March 28, 2016, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Corey Moon formally charged Mr. Branham with one count of Dom Ass-2nd Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of Weapon While Intoxicated and one count Armed Criminal Action. All charges are felony offenses.
Mr. Branham is currently lodged in Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash only bond.