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Thursday, May 18, 2017

McCarty case
A man who was to enter a plea to aggravated domestic assault charges Tuesday in Cocke County Circuit Court instead was jailed. Dairl McCarty, 45, Old Highway 32, Newport, was jailed New Year's day after he allegedly assaulted Debbie Lynn Williamson, of the same address. McCarty was reportedly upset because Williamson "had made the coffee too strong", according to investigators. The subject, who was intoxicated, allegedly hit Williamson over the head with a loaded rifle, then as Williamson lay on the floor, stuck the rifle into her mouth. After removing the rifle, McCarty allegedly held a knife to the throat of the victim and threatened to kill her. McCarty refused to comply with officers commands and had to be tased to be taken into custody. Williamson who had head injuries as well as multiple bruises to her ribs, face and arms, was taken to the Newport Medical Center by First Call EMS. But Williamson came to court this week asking that the charges be dismissed. She told Judge Ben Hooper that she believes someone had spiked McCarty's drink prior to the incident. Williamson went on to say that both she and McCarty have a good relationship and that he is in alcohol treatment. Assistant Prosecutor Joanne Sheldon said she does not think the charges should be dropped, pointing to the seriousness of the offense. Sheldon said she had considered filing attempted murder charges in the case, adding of the victim, "I am trying to protect her from herself." When the defendant appeared before the court, his behavior appeared erratic, and so the court ordered him to be drug screened. After the screen was positive for a number of substances including methamphetamine, McCarty was ordered jailed and his case was re-set for a later date.


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