MOUNT VERNON — Fredericktown attorney William Bringman has experienced countless trials during 43 years of law practice, but the not guilty verdict Thursday in Mount Vernon Municipal Court was a new experience. Bringman occupied just one seat at the defense table but wore two hats, representing himself against misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
A jury of four men and four women deliberated three hours before returning their not guilty verdict on charges stemming from a domestic incident. Fredericktown Police Department patrolman Kyle Johnson was dispatched to the Bringman home around 4 a.m. on Feb. 27, in response to a 9-1-1 call from Barbara Bringman, William’s wife of 35 years.
Nine witnesses were called during the 12-hour trial, five by City Law Director Chip McConville for the prosecution and four by the defense. But the meat of the case came from different versions of the incident provided by the estranged couple. Mr. Bringman was accused of shoving his wife and causing her to fall in their home’s kitchen. She suffered sprains and contusions to her left elbow, left wrist and right hip, as well as a cut left elbow. She was treated and released from Knox Community Hospital by Dr. Robert Richter.
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