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Posted: October 12, 2009 5:20 p.m.

Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

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Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

 "I advised him to wait a little bit on that," Carter said.

Sunday, posted at 3:38 p.m.

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson was arrested Saturday evening on charges of domestic violence and battery.

According to a press release from the the Covington Police Department, officers found Henderson’s wife at her home, 7143 Puckett St., visibly shaken, crying and rubbing her hand as if she had injured it.

“Upon further investigation, officers observed the victim’s top lip swollen and bleeding. Based upon interviews and evidence gathered, the victim’s husband, J. C. Henderson was arrested for domestic violence/battery. Henderson was transported to Newton County Detention,” Covington Police Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said in the release.

On Sunday, Henderson confirmed that he was arrested but said he did not hit his wife. Henderson said whoever called the police told them that the couple was fighting and that Henderson had hit his wife.

“When they (the officers) went over to talk to her, (then they came back) and said that I had hit her, so I went to jail,” Henderson said.

However, in order to prove his innocence, Henderson said that immediately after getting out of jail on a $2,500 bond, he and wife took pictures to prove that he didn’t touch her.

Henderson is planning to hold a press conference on either Monday or Tuesday so he and his wife can tell their story.

“I prayed about it, and I wanted to make sure that local folks get the story. So either Monday or Tuesday, we’ll tell the truth,” Henderson said. “She’s my wife and I love her … she wouldn’t lie to them.

“(You would think) she would have a swollen face or a black eye or something,” Henderson said prior to the CPD press release.

In a phone interview on Sunday, Wagstaff said that the deputies saw enough evidence to arrest Henderson for domestic violence.

“We’re mandated by law, when we find a victim that has been injured and it’s a husband or wife or boyfriend and girlfriend, we’re mandated by law to make an arrest based on the information and evidence gathered. And based on the evidence they found they arrested him,” Wagstaff said. “We hate to do it, but we have to do our job.”

 

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