Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said Tuesday afternoon, May 3 he would issue an opinion later this week on whether a 68-year-old Camden man accused of assaulting his wife on Maiden Cliff can use their home for bail.

Charles R. Black was released on bail April 27 after posting his share of the Camden home he shared with his wife as surety for his bail. The district attorney’s office, however, is arguing that it now considers it unjust to allow Black to use that home because it was purchased through an inheritance that his wife received.

The hearing May 3 in Knox County Superior Court lasted only a few minutes.

Black and his attorney, Walter McKee, were present at the hearing. McKee said that Black’s name is on the real estate deed to the home and that he has every right to use it as bail. Black did not speak at the hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald filed a motion to amend Black’s bail to prevent him from using the home as bail to be released from jail. He claimed that it could further punish Black’s wife if he fled before trial and the property was forfeited to the state.

Black has been charged with aggravated assault for an incident April 7 when his wife, Lisa Zahn Crooks Black, told police he pushed her off Mt. Megunticook near Maiden Cliff in Camden, according to court records.

Black had been held at Knox County Jail in Rockland until April 27 on $100,000 cash bail or $240,000 worth of property. The home is assessed by the town at $480,000 and the $240,000 equals half the value of the property.

Black has a variety of bail conditions placed on him. He may not have any contact with his wife or possess weapons. He is prohibited from being in Camden, and must sign a contract with Maine Pre-Trial Services. He also cannot leave the state and must surrender his passport.