Murder defendant awaiting trial charged with assaulting own sister

Murder defendant awaiting trial charged with assaulting own sister
Dentavious Givens, who is out of jail on bond pending a murder trial, was stabbed in the neck Thursday. (Source: Dothan Police Department)

DOTHAN, Ala. (WSFA) - A south Alabama man who was free on bond while awaiting a murder trial was injured in an altercation with his sister, according to the Dothan Police Department.

Dentavious Givens, 25, was cut several times at a beauty supply business, though his injuries are not considered life-threatening. He’s now charged with assault of his own sister.

Police were called to the M&J Beauty Supply on Reeves Street Thursday afternoon where investigators say Givens and his sister were arguing. He apparently picked up a stick and started hitting her in the head.

"She used a box cutter to defend herself and cut him a few times, "said Lt. Lynn Watkins. “She was able to escape.”

Police said Givens’ injuries included cuts to the neck, arms, and chest. His sister has not been charged in this incident.

Givens is now being held without bond.

He and a co-defendant, Jatavion Collins, were previously charged charged with beating Neal Barber, 59, of Dothan, to death in Sept. 2018.

Givens’ bond was initially set at $500,000 but it was later reduced to $150,000. That allowed him to make bail in the murder case. He’s set to face a trial in Barber’s death sometime in November.

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