DECATUR — A Decatur man accused of fracturing a woman’s eye socket by hitting her in the head with a hammer was jailed Wednesday after failing to meet with his public defender.

Roy M. Wilks, 57, was due to enter a plea at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing in Macon County Circuit Court, but he told Judge Phoebe Bowers that he had not obeyed the court’s order to meet with his court-appointed public defender to discuss the case.

Bowers then ordered him into the custody of the Macon County Jail, and Wilks remained there Thursday in lieu of posting bond now set at $10,000.

Wilks is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place for an attack that prosecutors said happened about 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2017. Wilks was found and arrested Feb. 23. He posted bail and was released after his arrest.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said Wilks became enraged with a 24-year-old woman who refused to date him because she said "he was in his 50s and married." He had been puncturing her car ties in the 2000 block of North Church Street when the woman had confronted him and the affidavit said he had struck her twice in the head with the hammer.

“She stated that she fell in the middle of the street and was unconscious for an unknown amount of time,” officer Hannah Millington wrote in the affidavit. Millington said the victim was later treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Bowers scheduled a second preliminary hearing for March 27 and, this time, a public defender will visit him at the jail.

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