Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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ALBANY ALBANY — Crisp County District Attorney Denise Fachini on Tuesday dismissed an aggravated assault warrant against suspended Albany Municipal Court Judge Willie Weaver in exchange for an agreement that Weaver seek marriage and anger management counseling, court documents show.
Weaver was charged with aggravated assault after an incident in May involving his wife, Vester Weaver. Police said contend he assaulted her by striking her in the head with a beer bottle.
In the days following the initial complaint, Vester Weaver held a news conference in which she recanted any statement she may have made to police the night of the incident. She said her husband never struck her and asked prosecutors to drop the case.
According to court documents, Willie Weaver must attend marriage counseling and anger management courses for six months as a condition of Fachini’s agreement to drop the warrant.
Weaver was suspended by the city of Albany following his arrest on May 27.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards recused himself from prosecuting Weaver to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The judges of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit also declined to handle the case, resulting in Judge J. Richard Porter presiding over it.
Attempts to reach Weaver and his attorney, Johnnie Graham, late Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.