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The Attleboro District Court's James H. Sullivan Courthouse. (Staff file photo by Mark Stockwell)

MANSFIELD — A Mansfield man faces charges he threatened a former girlfriend with a handgun because she wouldn’t get an abortion.

Akil S. Jackson, 36, of 497 Williams St. in Mansfield, was ordered held in jail without bail Tuesday, pending a dangerousness hearing Thursday in Attleboro District Court.

Jackson is accused of threatening the 35-year-old woman Aug. 8 while they sat in his car in the parking lot of Kohl’s department store at the Mansfield Crossing mall, according to prosecutors.

The woman reported the incident Monday, telling investigators she was afraid to report it earlier, allegedly because Jackson threatened to kill her if she went to police, according to court records.

Jackson’s lawyer, Robert Ovoian of Attleboro, questioned the credibility of the woman’s allegations and the evidence against his client.

“Your honor, what you have here is uncorroborated allegations from the alleged victim that the defendant showed her a weapon and made a threat,” Ovoian said.

Police say Jackson, a married Army veteran who Ovoian said completed two tours in Afghanistan, has a criminal record, including prior weapons charges.

But Ovoian said his client has no weapons, and suggested the woman was aware of his client’s criminal record and used it against him. He questioned why she waited so long to report the alleged threat.

Prosecutors are expected to present enough evidence at the dangerousness hearing to convince a judge that only jail would protect a person or the public from a defendant.

A defendant deemed a danger can be held for up to 120 days without bail while the prosecution prepares for trial.

Jackson pleaded innocent to charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, uttering threats to kill and domestic assault.

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