Bail was set at $50,000 on Friday for Felipe "Fel Torres, the former drummer of a now-defunct Johnny Cash cover band, who faces accusations of domestic violence.

Torres, 43, was booked in Missoula County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon on charges including felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault. He is also charged with violation of a protection order, his second such offense.

Torres made his initial appearance Friday in Missoula Justice Court via video link from the jail.

Deputy County Attorney Brittany Williams argued that Torres is "a danger to the community" who was already on release for a pending case against the same woman, who said she believes he was using methamphetamine when he assaulted her.

Torres was scheduled to go to trial next month for domestic assault. The woman said he followed her to work and dragged her from a friend's vehicle until that friend pepper-sprayed him. A Municipal Court judge place an order of protection against him.

Williams cited Torres' "blatant disregard" of an order of protection in which he "still reached out to (the woman) and brought her back into his orbit," she said.

Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set bail at $50,000, calling Torres "a significant risk to the community and the victim."

If Torres posts bond, he will be placed on GPS monitoring, prohibited from consuming alcohol, entering bars or casinos, will be subject to monitoring for alcohol and drug use via random tests, cannot have any weapons, and cannot have direct or indirect contact with the victim.

Torres' lawyer from the previous case was not in attendance, and Torres and a public defender didn't make a bond argument. Holloway set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 5.

According to the affidavit in the most recent case, the woman went to police on July 16 to report that she had been assaulted several times by Torres the previous week.

While she had an prior order of protection against him, Torres contacted her and the two began living together in April, the affidavit states.

On July 10, she and Torres had an argument at his house and he cornered her, then headbutted her in the face, "causing injury to her nose and bruising under [her] left eye," it states. She provided the police with pictures from the time that documented the injuries.

On July 13, it states, they had another argument at his home. He "grabbed (her) around her throat with his right hand, which caused (her) to have a hard time breathing" and continued strangling her for approximately four seconds.

She then got away from Torres, packed a bag and left, according to the affidavit.

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The Cold Hard Cash Show appeared to be a Montana success story, touring the country and performing on David Letterman's TV show during its decade-long run. Few people outside of Torres' circle were aware of the threats and allegations of violence against the drummer, which the Missoulian outlined in April.

Former bandmates who left because of Torres’ alleged behavior said he was the only one with the business sense to run the band, which made him invaluable despite the instances of abuse.

After the January incident, accusations against Torres began circulating on social media in Missoula's performing arts community, including an anonymous Google doc.

The Cold Hard Cash Show’s frontman, Merle Travis Peterson, disbanded the act in late February, less than a month after the January charge was filed against Torres, citing a desire to spend more time with family.

The allegations in prior court filings describe violence against multiple women and online stalking. A request for a restraining order alleges that he pinned a woman to a bed and choked her by shoving a blanket in her mouth. In one case, the court documents state that Torres argued with his girlfriend, flipped couches and threw her dog. A case with another woman involves a court order to prevent him from stalking her and harassing her employer.

Torres' only prior conviction is a 2017 violation of a restraining order and a handful of traffic tickets. In 2005, he was found not guilty of an assault charge.

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