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Woman charged with prostitution in Belfield has initial appearance, denies charges

A woman charged with promoting prostitution in Belfield had her first court appearance Wednesday, where she adamantly denied the charge.

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Christmas Davis, who bailed out of jail after her Jan. 27 arrest, said she’d be applying for a public defender and entered a not guilty plea.

Belfield City Attorney Sandra Kuntz cited Davis’ criminal record in requesting increased bail and that she be required to stay in the state, but Southwest District Judge Dann Greenwood said since she showed up Wednesday, he didn’t have much reason to think she wouldn’t show up again.

He said she didn’t have to do check-ins every 48 hours like Kuntz requested, only that she had to appear at her May pre-trial conference, and otherwise pay $1,000.

While Greenwood ended up saying it wasn’t the right time to bring up these concerns, Davis who lives in Oshkosh, Wis., denied her charges and said she had expected the case to be thrown out then and there.

Davis, who is black, said after the hearing that she feels she was racially profiled and that police mishandled her arrest and the case.

Davis said she may look into legal action against the Belfield Police Department.