HEN­DER­SON

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started to tear up a bit.

Ac­cord­ing to Shi­rah, at one point Sandy was asked what hap­pened to her, and she replied, “I don’t know but he [J.C. Hen­der­son] didn’t hit me.”

He also tes­ti­fied that the only state­ment J.C. made to him was to say, “I don’t know, ask her,” when ques­tioned as to what was go­ing on. He also said that Sandy even­tu­ally told him that her lip was in­jured when she ran into a door.

Hen­der­son’s at­tor­ney John Strauss asked Shi­rah about Quinn’s 911 call, in which he says that his mother told him to call be­cause she be­lieved J.C. was go­ing to put his hands on her, say­ing that state­ment in­di­cated that J.C. had not harmed Sandy when the call was made.

Strauss also asked Shi­rah if he had threat­ened to take Sandy to jail if she did not sub­mit to a pho­to­graph of her lip, and Shi­rah replied, “Never.” Shi­rah also ad­mit­ted that noth­ing about the in­jury to Sandy’s lip showed def­i­nite proof that it was not made by a door, but that the other ev­i­dence sug­gested she had been struck by a fist and not a door.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Mar­cia Cole, an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney with the Pied­mont Cir­cuit who has been as­signed to the case be­cause of a con­flict lo­cally, played the 911 tape made by Quinn.

In the tape, Quinn says “…my par­ents are ar­gu­ing and my mom wants me to call the po­lice… I guess my dad’s try­ing to fight her… I don’t think they are try­ing to fight or noth­ing… she just said call the po­lice so I’m call­ing the po­lice.”

Sandy Hen­der­son tes­ti­fied the two had an ar­gu­ment that evening be­cause she had been to a bar­be­cue in the neigh­bor­hood and had been drink­ing. When she told J.C. that she was go­ing to re­turn, he told her she should not and she said she be­came an­gry. She said that she had been do­ing the ma­jor­ity of the yelling and that her hus­band had been sit­ting on the couch watch­ing tele­vi­sion. She also said that she had a beer in her hand and that she told J.C. that she was leav­ing even though he didn’t want her to go.

“When I drink, I get real loud,” she said. “…I was fixin’ to go back down the street and drink me some more beer.”

When asked why she had her son call 911, she said that she wanted them to come so that they would tell J.C. that she could leave. As for the in­jury to her lip, Sandy said it hap­pened when she was walk­ing out the door. She said she turned around to tell him she was leav­ing no mat­ter what he said, and when she turned back around, she smacked her mouth with the door.

“J.C. Hen­der­son has never put his hands on me,” she said. “Not in the 14 years we’ve been mar­ried. He has never hit me, and in the fam­ily I was raised in, if he hit me I would hit him back.”

Quinn tes­ti­fied, say­ing that he called 911 be­cause his par­ents were ar­gu­ing so loud, he didn’t want it to turn into a fight. He also said that he be­lieved his mother was scared but could not say what she was scared of. He also said that he called 911 be­cause his mother told him to and that he never saw J.C. touch her.

Al­though Strauss ar­gued that the case was based purely on spec­u­la­tion, the judge seemed to dis­agree.

“The only thing that makes any sense is that a bat­tery oc­curred,” said De­go­nia.

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