published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Chattanooga: Wife admits lie about choking by police officer husband; Smith's charges dropped

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The wife of a Chattanooga Police Department officer admitted to prosecutors that she lied to police that her husband had choked her during an argument.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell dropped the charge at the request of prosecutor Rodney Strong.

Officer Brian Smith had faced a charge of domestic assault for the May incident. His wife, Ginny Smith, pleaded guilty to domestic vandalism related to the same incident on Tuesday and received diversion.

She was not charged with perjury because she didn't testify in court about the events.

Defense attorney Bill Speek, who represented Smith, credited Strong with looking closely at the facts of the case and resolving it without continuing to a trial.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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