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Lawrence County deputy arrested on domestic violence charge

Blake Burns

According to court documents, the victim filed a warrant with the circuit clerk's office claiming Burns hit her with his fist in the stomach and abdomen in June of 2017.

Posted: Apr 6, 2018 5:39 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2018 5:43 PM

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirmed Lawrence County Deputy Blake Burns turned himself into the sheriff's office Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is charged with domestic violence-3rd degree/Harassment which is a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, the victim filed a warrant with the circuit clerk's office claiming Burns hit her with his fist in the stomach and abdomen in June of 2017. Mitchell said Burns was taken to the Franklin County Jail for safety reasons and was released on a $1,000 bond on Thursday.

Mitchell said Burns was placed on paid administrative leave pending court action.

This is the second Lawrence County employee charged with domestic violence this year. Former Chief of Staff Tim McWhorter was charged with domestic violence-harassment in Decatur in February. He is no longer with the department.

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