Lawrence Co. Sheriff's former chief of staff back out of jail on bond

Tim McWhorter is back in jail in Morgan County.

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 12:16 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 7:06 PM

The former chief of staff for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is back out of jail after a municipal court hearing Friday on a domestic violence charge.

Tim McWhorter, 38, turned himself in to the Morgan County Jail Thursday night after his bond was revoked, according to jail records. The bond was reinstated in a Decatur Municipal Court hearing Friday.

(Morgan County Sheriff's Office photo)

McWhorter is charged with domestic violence harassment in an April 8 incident. According to a police incident report, a neighbor reported McWhorter and his girlfriend arguing outside their home. Police who responded said the girlfriend told them McWhorter had been drinking and poured beer on her during an argument.

The girlfriend went on to tell police that McWhorter crushed an open beer can on the side of her head while they were inside the home, according to the report. The woman also said McWhorter pushed her down and after allowing her to get back up, he pulled out a gun and threatened to kill himself. He also tried to give her the gun and asked her to kill him, according to the report.

In his court hearing Friday, the girlfriend testified on McWhorter's behalf and said she did not feel threatened by him being released, court documents show.

McWhorter spoke briefly with WAAY 31 Friday afternoon and said he could not get into specifics about his case, but that it was started by a false claim from a neighbor.

"What was claimed didn't happen," he said.

McWhorter was arrested in February on his first harassment charge when the woman he was dating filed a domestic violence report in December 2017, claiming he showed up at her home intoxicated, grabbed her and threw her against a kitchen counter. He was arrested in February for the harassment charge.

McWhorter was initally suspended with pay from his job in January during an investigation into possible evidence mishandling.

He was fired a short time after his arrest in February. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said his firing was a result of both the internal investigation and the domestic violence allegations.

RELATED: Lawrence County deputy arrested on domestic violence charge

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