Washington County school board member waives preliminary hearing, sends domestic violence charge to grand jury

Becky Campbell • Apr 22, 2019 at 7:27 PM

A Washington County Board of Education member charged with domestic violence and violating a bond order chose to send his cases to a grand jury during a brief appearance in General Sessions Court with his attorney on Monday.

David Hammond, 50, 115 Beechnut St., Apt. B2, Johnson City, was arrested March 22 for an alleged assault of his girlfriend at the time the night before while they were at Hammond’s home.

Johnson City police responded to Hammond’s apartment after the call and talked to a woman who told police “she and her boyfriend had been having relationship trouble and their fighting had been escalating,” according to the warrant.

The woman showed police bruises on her arms and torso, which she said Hammond caused when he grabbed her and pushed her two days earlier. She also told police that their argument involved Hammond’s “drug and alcohol consumption.”

Hammond was not home when police arrived, but later called his girlfriend, and she let officers listen to the conversation. Hammond was released on a $5,000 bond after that first arrest. He was arrested last week on a charge that he violated an order of protection stemming from the same situation that led to his March 22 domestic assault charge.

A judge increased his bond at that time to $10,000 and Hammond was out of jail the same day. He was warned by the judge to stay away from the woman.

Monday’s hearing was a bond revocation motion, but Hammond’s attorney, Gene Scott, said he would waive all issues regarding the case to Criminal Court. Hammond was scheduled to appear in Criminal Court in July.

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