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Bonnie Pointer’s Husband Found Guilty of Battery

February 14, 1996 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Singer Bonnie Pointer’s husband was acquitted of spousal battery but convicted Tuesday of two misdemeanors for a Christmas Eve fight with his wife and sister-in-law.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Bownes, 43, hit his 39-year-old wife and her sister, June Pointer, during an argument over when to leave the party at June’s Hollywood Hills home.

Bownes hit her in the face and then broke June Pointer’s nose when she tried to intervene, prosecutors said.

Bownes’s left eye was injured as well, and he had surgery done on his face while in the jail ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


Bonnie Pointer said the prosecution was against her wishes, and that her sister, who was not present, felt the same way.

``All families have fights,″ said Bonnie Pointer, who has been married to her husband for 15 years. All three people involved had been drinking, and ``things just got out of hand,″ she said.

``This trial should never have taken place,″ she said. ``Now we’re going back into the studio.″

Deputy City Attorney Michelle Lim said she was glad ``that despite the fact Bonnie recanted, the jury was able to see through Bonnie’s testimony and realized she had been hit by her husband.″

Bownes faces up to a year and six months in jail and $3,000 in fines for the convictions on counts of simple battery and battery causing serious bodily injury. Judge Michael S. Mink scheduled sentencing for Feb. 22.

Bonnie Pointer left the Pointer Sisters for a solo career about 10 years ago. June Pointer and sisters Anita and Ruth scored hits with ``Jump (For My Love),″ ``I’m So Excited″ and ``Neutron Dance.″