Domestic violence case draws indictment

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Lewisburg man faces serious charges stemming from an incident of domestic violence last fall.

Michael J. Stinnett, 27, of Moriah Street, was indicted by the grand jury last week on charges of aggravated burglary, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault, vandalism, theft, and filing a false report.

At about 4 a.m. on Oct. 31, Stinnett broke into his ex-girlfriend's house and beat her up in front of her two small children, according to reports at the Sheriff's Department.

"He would have killed me," the woman eventually told a law enforcement officer who quoted her in a public record.

During the incident, the woman dialed 911, but Stinnett got her cell phone and told the 911 dispatcher that everything was fine, thus delaying law enforcement's response to the incident.

The woman was treated at Marshall Medical Center.

Other defendants were indicted by the grand jury last week.

* Cassie Lynn Whaley, 28, of Chapel Hill, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence, possession of a Schedule IV drug, simple possession (15 miscellaneous pills), tampering with evidence, and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. According to affidavits sworn by Sgt. Christopher Cook of the Chapel Hill Police Department, he arrested Whaley for DUI on Feb. 12. Cook alleges Whaley tried to conceal her Xanax tablets in the seat of his patrol car, and also that she attempted to smuggle pills into jail, concealed in a body cavity.

* Claude Anthony Brown, 26, of Cleveland, Tenn. was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary and theft between $500 and $1,000. The affidavit of complaint signed by Lewisburg Police Detective Scott Braden alleges that Brown entered a residence on Old Farmington Road on March 17, 2008, and took some jewelry, leaving his thumbprint on the jewel box.

* Mitchell Jarod Ford, 32, of Nashville Highway, was indicted on a charge of aggravated burglary of a residence on Old Lane Road on April 23, as well as theft, arson, and driving on a suspended license.

* Jody Lee Lindsey, 46, of Clarksville, was stopped for speeding on West Commerce Street the day after Christmas. A check of his identity led to the charges for which Lindsey was indicted by the grand jury: driving after having been declared a habitual motor vehicle offender, and driving on a revoked license.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial, or by a guilty plea.