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

October 6th, 2012 5:00 am by Staff Report

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

In this April, 19, 2012, photo, state Rep. Jim Cobb of Spring City participates in a House committee hearing in Nashville, Tenn. The Spring City Republican was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, on an assault charger after a woman in a wheelchair said she

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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