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Prosecutors drop battery charge against New Port Richey mayor's wife

NEW PORT RICHEY – The State Attorney's Office decided Wednesday to not prosecute the wife of Mayor Scott McPherson on a charge of domestic battery.

Kimberly McPherson was arrested last week after slapping her husband outside a Trinity bar and grill, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report. She told deputies she did so because Mr. McPherson, who according to deputies was threatening to end their careers, had acted like a "jerk."

Because Mr. McPherson did not want to prosecute and Mrs. McPherson showed no criminal intent, Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said, the case is now closed without Mrs. McPherson facing a criminal trial.

Prosecutors launched a "live investigation," a rarity for misdemeanor cases, due to Mr. McPherson's divergent story from Sheriff's Office reports and his allegations that a deputy sexually assaulted his wife.

The sheriff's internal investigation into the matter remains open.

Prosecutors drop battery charge against New Port Richey mayor's wife 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 2:51pm]
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