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Bail tripled for ex-con accused of assaults at Cushing clinic
By Patti Weaver

Bail has been tripled for an ex-convict who was found in violation of a judge's order by contacting a female employee of Simpson's Chiropractic Clinic in Cushing - where he allegedly assaulted three men last May. William Ray Doherty Jr., 41, who was living in Cushing with his father following his release from prison five years ago, remains in the Payne County Jail, Sheriff's Captain Kevin Woodward told the Journal Tuesday afternoon.

On March 1, Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler had reduced Doherty's bail from $75,000 to $25,000 -- with the stipulation that Doherty have no contact with the alleged victims or go near the Simpson Chiropractic Clinic.

On Friday, the judge ruled "the defendant did violate the no-contact order," and increased his bail to the original amount of $75,000, emphasizing in court "he is to have no contact with any witnesses or anybody at that clinic."

First Assistant District Attorney Mike Kulling argued for the bail increase Friday at the close of a hearing at which a female physical therapy technician at the clinic testified that Doherty had left her a voice mail message -- which was played in court for the judge.

Explaining that she knew who Doherty was, she testified, "He would come to the gym to work out. He'd also been at the chiropractic clinic. He was there about every day.

"As we were walking to leave, he handed me a piece of paper," that said "Let's have dinner," with a phone number, she testified.

"My husband called him, told him I was married and not interested," she testified. She said that she was present in the clinic when Cushing police were called on May 23, 2012, about a disturbance.

She testified she saw "Mr. Dougherty assault an employee -- at that point, I ran out of the room." She said that on March 7 of this year she received a voice mail from a collect call com¬pany. She said that she doesn't know how Doherty got her cell phone number.

"On March 11, 2013, William Doherty was able to leave a message that his bond was reduced. I didn't want any further problems to arise. To know he was still interested in contacting me frightened me," she testified. On cross-examination from court-appointed defense attorney Albert Hoch of Oklahoma City, she testified that Doherty left one voice mail in which he asked her to contact someone about getting him bond.

She admitted that he had not made threats to her, but she said she didn't want him out of jail.

She said that a bail bondsman contacted her about help¬ing to make bail for Doherty.

In his successful argument for the bail increase, the prosecutor told the judge, "While he's still in jail, he attempts to contact one of the employees of the chiropractic clinic. It's clear this defendant is not going to abide by your no-contact order."

Doherty has been accused of choking a male massage therapist and brandishing a knife at two male patrons when they attempted to intervene in an incident on May 23, 2012, at Simpson's Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Center in Cushing.

Doherty -- who was arrested about 15 minutes after the alleged attacks -- has also been charged with obstructing then- Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon and Officer Bill McCarty by failing to remain seated in a vehicle and shouting profanities at the officers. Doherty was found mentally incompetent by a Payne County jury last August during a competency trial before Special District Judge Katherine Thomas -- who then ordered that he undergo mental health treatment at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

After more than two months of treatment, Doherty was found mentally competent by Thomas to face the criminal charges on which he was subsequently ordered to stand trial. He is scheduled to appear in court May 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

According to state Department of Corrections records, Doherty was released from prison in 2008 after serving one and one-half years of a five and one-half year sentence for assault with a dangerous weapon in McClain County in 2003 on which he remains on probation.

Doherty had been given a 10-year prison term in 1996 in Cleveland County for grand larceny after a former felony conviction of which he served about five years prior to his parole in 2001, DOC records show.

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