Jury acquits Tyrone man of assault

Thu, 10/04/2007 - 3:47pm
By: The Citizen

Not guilty verdict on all charges, including violation of protective order

A Tyrone man has been found not guilty of assaulting his ex-wife in front of their children and holding them against their will in their own home in September.

Jeffery Webb was also found not guilty of violating a temporary protective order that banned him from contacting the victim to harass or intimidate her. The jury’s verdict was announced late Wednesday afternoon.

During the trial, the jury heard a recording of the phone call that was made from the Fayette County Jail from Webb to his ex-wife Sandy Zimmerman, which prosecutors contended was a violation of the protective order.

Zimmerman testified that on the night of the alleged assault, Webb slammed her head into a headboard as she tried to convince the children to fall asleep on the bed. But on the stand Webb not only denied striking Zimmerman, but he also claimed she was the one screaming during the altercation.

Zimmerman told the jury that she ran from the house and screamed for help but no one came to help her. A neighbor testified that although she heard Zimmerman’s screams, she declined to get involved in the altercation because she didn’t believe Zimmerman was in danger.

Webb’s attorney, Walker Chandler, asked his client if he’d ever hit the woman previously, and Webb replied: “At times the relationship has been volatile. But I never struck her in an offensive manner.”

Chandler also played back voicemail messages Webb left for the victim at her office after the altercation, including one where he asked her “please don’t let it spread to the office.” That message was left before the temporary protective order went into effect.

A friend of Zimmerman’s testified that hours before the altercation Webb, Zimmerman and their children attended the circus with her family. Shelly Goins noted that Webb and Zimmerman argued back and forth during the event. Goins also testified that she was so afraid for Zimmerman’s well-being that she “slipped” Zimmerman a cell phone to contact her with.

Goins said she also witnessed Webb shove Zimmerman at one point as the family left the event, and he rebuffed Goins’ request to let the kids ride home with her.

Although no photos were presented of Zimmerman’s injuries from the altercation, one of her co-workers testified that she saw the bruises on her arms and a scrape on her leg which Zimmerman testified occurred when Webb dragged her from the driveway back into the home.

Webb denied Zimmerman’s claims of the assault. He was released from jail early Wednesday evening.

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Submitted by SpeakOut on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 6:08am.

I too have known Sandy for a long time. Very, very honest, sweet, caring person and an awesome mother who does not deserve what the system has done to her...There is more than enough proof to back up the meth addiction and alcoholism and the abuse, including a year stint in rehab (and back on the stuff within a month), many, many arrests, testimony from co-workers, friends and church members of the abuse. Also about 15 violations of a protective order including tapes and letters from jail, work, neighbors, school, etc. Maybe it boils down to who has the best representation, court appt. attorney or an abuser with a daddy with a lot of money....It sickens me to know the situation first hand and to see the outcome.....I am very fearful for Sandy and her children......

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 7:28am.

Thank you for posting more information. Please post as many details as you can on this. Many people are talking about it, and want to know. I believe it was Judge Caldwell's courtroom? Criminal trial in Superior court? Who were the attorney's?
Knowledge is power, and the people of Fayette see it's time to take a hard stand on this.

Submitted by Diann Cupertino on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 2:53pm.

I quess some of the people of Fayette County still think women and children are property that you can use and abuse as you wish. Sandy certainly got no help from the court system. I think this is a disgrace. How could 12 jurors find him innocent. But then again look at O.J. Now she has to let her children spend time with a man that is a known meth addict, alcoholc and abuser. Can't they at least protect the children and only allow him to see them in the custody of someone that the children can feel safe with? What if he picks them up in a car and he is stoned? Where does she go for help now? I've worked with Sandy for about a year now and she is a terrific Christian lady who works hard, loves her children and is now once again terrified.

Submitted by bladderq on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 7:58pm.

I don't doubt what you say about this lady. I don't doubt that something un-pleasent happened more than once.
From my experience, my ex- has her story. I have mine. Somewhere between the 2 lies the truth. I loved the kids & I'm sure she does too.
I can't tell you how many times I've sat on a barstool and just imagined my ex- talking to some other guy.

But can you prove the "stoned" ref? OR is it hear-say.

Submitted by susieq on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 8:48pm.

The first article (before man was acquitted) stated that a Tyrone police officer told Zimmerman that there was nothing he could do to help her. This officer was later reprimanded.

This paragrah is no longer found (or at least I can't find it in the first article). If it's not true, why was the officer reprimanded?

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 6:44pm.

Who was the judge? You wouldn't see this in California ( aka Scott Peterson) or other parts of the country. Why is the woman devalued so much here, that her possible death can be bargained with?
Wake up people....how many abuses/murders of women by their husbands do you need to read about in the news, till you realize it happens here to.
I believe she should appeal this. We really need to pay attention to whom we elect in this county.

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 7:19pm.

Maybe some [Citizen Bloggers In-The-Know] will bring more facts to the discussion regarding this case. At first glance it appears you're right and this case was disposed of by our soft on crime prosecutors and judges. Perhaps there is more that didn't make it into this article that exonerates the defendant. But somehow I think this gal was getting smacked around. And irregardless of whether she's a kook or not, no woman deserves to be hit and abused by a man.

It's bad enough that our middle schooler boys at Fayette Middle School are already taught that they can man-handle and grope the girls as if they were created to be their own personal sex toys. So I assume we can expect more of this type behavior in the future in our little bedroom community called Fayette. It seems we have a pretty good farm team of predators in operation right here in our own backyard with little or no consequences to the thugs at all. Oops, I mean students, not thugs.

To rescue her daughter a friend had to withdrawl her child to protect her from these vermin. So... I imagine in a few more years we'll see more of these cases coming into our court system. I guess our DA and our judges figure they had better start now in figuring out how to churn these cases off the dockets in a rapid manner to prevent a backlog. Remember... according to our County Clerk, DA and a few others at the Taj Mahal it's all about preventing a backlog and not about administering justice. Heaven forbid we actually bring these cases to trial.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by AF A-10 on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 7:01am.

I find this absolutely amazing. Obviously there were holes in the case somewhere, but this appears to be another one of those cases where the court does not protect a woman, and may regret their inaction if worse things happen in the future. I don't know how co-workers and other witnesses could simply perceive the nature of Zimmerman's plight incorrectly. I hope she has some male relatives or friends at her side who can serve notice that they are willing to defend her and her kids' lives with their own. The cycle of abuse can quite effectively be stopped (I've seen it) with the intervention of men to face down one who would try to physically intimidate those who are physically weaker than themselves. I'm not saying Webb is guilty of abuse or assault. I am saying that anyone who knows and cares about this woman best let her know, and keep watch over her. I pray for this family's healing.

Kevin "Hack" King

Submitted by tonto707 on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 4:56pm.

you didn't read the article?

' but this appears to be another one of those cases where the court does not protect a woman'

I would have sworn the news report said a jury found the accused not guilty.

Reads to me like the court worked exactly as it is designed to work, ie, hear the evidence and decide guilt or innocence.

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:52am.

Long live the rare breed of the REAL man who helps/protects a woman. You speak the truth, they will turn the tide. I've seen it happen.

In the words of Willie Nelson, real justice at the old oak tree is
what's needed in today's world. That or one real man.

Submitted by 1bighammer on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 8:40am.

is he guilty or not? In one breath you find this amazing and that it appears to be a case of our courts not protecting a woman. Then in another breath,you state you're not saying Webb is guilty of abuse or assault.

Are you a lawyer? That smacks of a lawyer making a statement during a trial, that is leading or is a downright lie, then retracting it after opposing counsel objects. The damage is done at that point, although the jury is told to disregard, it stays with them.

No one should assume that simply because its a female that the male is guilty. This COULD have been a setup for a divorce and child custody. It's a tactic that is used by some women to secure an upper hand in their divorce and custody cases. Unless you've been in a nasty relationship / divorce you have no idea what those involved are capable of. People you never dreamt would do some things, will do them in a heartbeat.

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:47am.

You sir, I would assume you are male, are the typical vessel used to perpetuate this lie. There is always prior abuse leading up to abuse that FINALLY makes it into court. This is even admitted by him. Why do you choose to make it a sexist (male vs. female) fight? The typical abused woman takes years of abuse before she tells anyone or makes it public in the courts. Perhaps you have some underlying negatives with a divorce that didn't go your way. Perhaps you are an abuser (which also includes monetary, verbal, etc.) Ignorance is no way to go through life...go talk to the good people at Promise Place if you want to learn and maybe help someone.

Submitted by 1bighammer on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 1:54pm.

is the one you repeated about there always being prior abuse. That's the lie the feminists and those so-called family services people want everyone to believe. If everyone believes every accusation of abuse, then there is no investigation needed and makes their jobs so much easier. I'm not the one that chose to make it Male vs Female, that has already been done simply by the fact that, although this man was aquitted, everyone here seems to think he's guilty.

Had the accusations been against her for abuse, no one would have believed it, although unreported instances of female to male abuse far outnumber those unreported male to female abuses. Historically men don't report their abuse, because they are looked down upon as being less less masculine. Whereas the typical abused female takes years to report her abuse, most males NEVER report it.

I can assure you I am no abuser, in any way shape or form. I don't condone it, but I don't just blindly believe any accusation I hear either. That would be true ignorance.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 6:03am.

I sugest we built moore jales! Wherfore to putem!
Must protect ur daughtors!

Submitted by susieq on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 8:51pm.

Haven't you heard -- teachers are afraid of these middle school "children" who are over 6 feet tall and intimidating.

Submitted by bladderq on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 8:24pm.

1st.. Morgan *Alert* GR's over 100 words.

I guess you should have started another blog about your issue at Fayette MS. Sounds serious.
I too was suprized by this verdict after reading the news accounts. I don't git your comments: Remember... according to our County Clerk, DA and a few others at the Taj Mahal it's all about preventing a backlog and not about administering justice. Heaven forbid we actually bring these cases to trial.

It did come to trial. It was at least (as I read) a 2 day trial w/ deliberation. There was a jury of peers (maybe they found 12 thugs standing on a corner that answered the call).

What is the complaint?

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Submitted by chippie on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 5:57am.

What's the deal at FMS? I don't know how, but I must've missed the referenced posts regarding the boys at that school. (When I searched this site, nothing relevant came up.) Where can I find them?

I know of an incident at FMS that involved a girl who I know very well. When she started 9th grade, she found HIM in one of her classes. After much discussion with the Admin, her parents found out middle school issues that are documented in student's school files don't follow them on to high school. In theory their slates are wiped clean when the violators start at a different school.

I don't understand this attitude at all - why is this allowed?

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Submitted by Tug13 on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 11:54am.

What is going on there? I don't think it was that bad when Mr. Maxwell was there. Is it the out of control kids, FM administration, or both?

What a shame.

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:30am.

It's just something I interjected into the conversation. I was commenting on how some family friends had to withdrawal their daughter from FMS due to the ongoing sexual harassment and predatory threats made by many of the thugs that they call students over there. Apparently, it seems there's not much the school system is willing to do about all this. It had to do with more than just words. They refused to halt their groping activities after repeated warnings.

I was just stating that it seems we've got a highly trained bunch of predators being raised locally and that the 'smacking around' of women will probably be something that we will see more frequently in the future.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


Submitted by bladderq on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 7:11pm.

You might see this in any state including Calif (OJ, Phil Spector), if the police & the prosecutor had no case to bring.
As for the victim appealing, she was represented by the state & double jepordy laws prevent him for being retried. Note it was a jury that found him not quilty, not a judge. You know people similar to you (his peers) but they HEARD ALL the testimony not just the 20 paragraphs that fit in the paper.

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