Domestic-violence allegations against suspended Lawrence County Sheriff's captain

Timothy McWhorter served as the custodian of evidence since 2007.
Timothy McWhorter served as the custodian of evidence since 2007.

She accuses McWhorter of showing up to her home intoxicated and refusing to leave until she opened the door.

Posted: Feb 2, 2018 10:36 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2018 2:28 PM

New developments are coming to light about the suspended chief of staff and operations for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

WAAY 31 obtained a copy of a domestic-violence police report involving Timothy McWhorter from December 2017.

According to the December 28 incident report, Decatur Police arrived at the home of a woman, who was dating Tim McWhorter at the time, for a welfare check. When officers arrived, the girlfriend told police that three weeks prior McWhorter assaulted her on December 8.

She told Decatur PD McWhorter was having money problems and he asked her to lend him an undisclosed amount. McWhorter then wrote her a check, but told her not to cash it until a later date. The woman went ahead and cashed it and according to the report, McWhorter became enraged telling her she "f***ed up his money."

She accuses McWhorter of showing up to her home intoxicated and refusing to leave until she opened the door. After relenting, the woman let McWhorter inside.  Upon entry, McWhorter allegedly grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a kitchen counter resulting in bruises.  He then reportedly called her a “rich b***h” before leaving.

The girlfriend was able to provide pictures of her injuries to police, per the report, as well as harassing text messages she received from McWhorter.  

The victim described McWhorter as an “aggressive alcoholic” and “very controlling.”  The two had just met November 6 and started dating shortly after, according to the incident report.

The woman told police she did not report the assault back on December 8th, because she feared “nothing would be done.”  Asserting that McWhorter told her “he knows the law and no one can do anything or make him leave.”

No charges have been filed in the domestic-violence case.

The suspended chief of staff and operations is currently being investigated, by an outside agency, for possible wrongdoing regarding the handling of evidence.

McWhorter was suspended from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office January 26, to which he vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

In a letter dated before the suspension, McWhorter requested an investigation on himself to clear his name from what he called "third party allegations of wrongdoing." Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell granted his request and placed McWhorter on paid suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

We do not know if the domestic-violence allegation is related in any way to the suspension.  Both McWhorter and Mitchell denied our interview request due to the ongoing investigation.

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