PORTERDALE -- A Magistrate Court hearing in connection with a battery complaint filed against Porterdale City Councilman Robert Foxworth has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m.
Complainant Dawn Taylor filed a warrant application Wednesday against Foxworth following an incident at Porterdale City Hall on Tuesday in which Foxworth allegedly struck her husband with the door of his truck.
According to a Porterdale Police Department incident report, Taylor told police that she, her husband and their 13-year-old son were at City Hall at about 1:30 p.m. to speak with a city employee regarding a tax matter. Taylor said that while she was standing at the customer service window Foxworth came out of the back office area and approached her, offering her one of his cards.
Foxworth is seeking re-election to the Post 1 City Council seat.
Taylor told police that she declined the card and that Foxworth then asked her name and where she lives. When she declined to give the information, Taylor said that Foxworth replied, "That's OK, I'll find out."
Taylor's husband, Skylar Taylor, confronted Foxworth and asked "What do you mean, you'll find out? ... do you mean that because you are a councilman, you'll go out and dig up our names because she won't give you any of our information?"
Foxworth and Mr. Taylor continued to have a heated discussion, according to the report, which escalated to a shouting match. Foxworth allegedly used profanity toward Mr. Taylor in front of the couple's son.
The argument continued in the parking lot outside City Hall, according to the report, with the two men arguing within an inch of each other's face. Foxworth allegedly continued to use profane and threatening language toward the victim and complainant.
Mr. Taylor told police that Foxworth opened the driver's door of his pickup truck and intentionally struck the victim with "enough force to cause him to stumble backwards." Mr. Taylor told police that he has 12 slipped discs from a previous car wreck and suffered a lot of pain as a result of the strike with the truck door. Taylor reacted by pushing Foxworth's truck door back toward him, according to the report, but it was unknown if the door struck Foxworth.
The warrant application hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to file charges in the case. The hearing will be conducted by either Magistrate Court Judge John Degonia or Judge Kim Degonia.
Porterdale Police Chief Geoff Jacobs said Thursday his investigators will "be interviewing everybody involved and either have some evidence or no evidence to present at the hearing."
Witnesses to the incident included City Court Clerk Megan Reid, Public Works Director Robert Witcher, City Clerk Judy Johnson, and City Manager Bob Thomson.
A complaint against Foxworth was filed in August 2010 by a city resident who claimed that he threatened her at a council meeting. The complaint was initially filed with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, but was later turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The GBI found that charges were not warranted in that case.