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re­port­edly told them that Hen­der­son had not hit her and that she had hit her mouth on the door while run­ning from her hus­band.

Three months later she gave a sworn af­fi­davit, say­ing that she and Hen­der­son did have a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion on Oct. 10 be­cause she had been drink­ing at a cook­out, came home, and then wanted to leave again which Hen­der­son was al­legedly against be­cause she had been drink­ing. She said in the af­fi­davit that their ver­bal ar­gu­ment had got­ten loud and con­tin­ued for some time, re­sult­ing in her son call­ing 911.

She al­leged that when po­lice ar­rived, they at­tempted to get her to say that Hen­der­son had struck her, and when she re­fused they “threw me up against the car and said they were go­ing to lock me up too if I did not let them take pic­tures of my mouth.”

Sandy’s mother, Louise Flournoy, also gave an af­fi­davit in Novem­ber and in it swore that she heard her daugh­ter tell po­lice that Hen­der­son did not strike her and that she would be ar­rested if she did not al­low of­fi­cers to pho­to­graph her in­jured mouth.

In Jan­uary, New­ton County District At­tor­ney Ken Wynne re­cused his of­fice from the case be­cause the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers pays the salary of the district at­tor­neys. The case was re­as­signed by the At­tor­ney Gen­eral to the Pied­mont Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.

Ac­cord­ing to a cer­tifi­cate of ser­vice filed by Strauss, he served Pied- mont Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit District At­tor­ney Brad Smith but as of April 2, he had not yet re­ceived a for­mal no­ticed that Smith had been ap­pointed to han­dle the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prose­cu­tion of the case.

How­ever Strauss was re­port­edly con­tacted by the cir­cuit’s vic­tim as­sis­tance co­or­di­na­tor that no pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing would be held in the case be­cause Hen­der­son is cur­rently out on bond.

Judge Sa­muel Ozburn will be on the bench April 22, ac­cord­ing to the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

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