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Tennessee lawmaker pleads not guilty to charge of assaulting woman in wheelchair

Staff Report • Oct 6, 2012 at 5:00 AM

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Jim Cobb has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from allegations that he threatened a woman in a wheelchair on the day of the primary election.The Rhea County circuit court clerk's office said Cobb's attorney entered the plea on the Spring City Republican's behalf. Cobb did not appear at the Friday arraignment.A grand jury indictment handed down Monday said Cobb caused Wanda Sue Goins, a supporter of his GOP primary opponent, Ron Travis, to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury.According to a police report from the Aug. 2 incident, Goins said she was afraid Cobb was going to hit her.The trial on the misdemeanor assault charge was set for Nov. 16.Cobb, a three-term House member, lost to Travis by 103 votes.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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