Unusual domestic violence case raising eyebrows in Charlotte

Unusual domestic violence case raising eyebrows in Charlotte


by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on March 22, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 22 at 8:22 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An unusual case of domestic violence is raising eyebrows in the Mecklenburg County court system. It involves Bobby Williams, a 20-year veteran Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer and Wendy Daniel, his ex-girlfriend, who worked in communications.

The couple met back in high school, broke up and got back together 20 years later.

"The relationship was good.  We definitely had our very bad situations.  It was on again, off again," said Officer Williams.

The relationship came to an end last year when Daniel allegedly kicked in Williams’ front door shortly after he broke up with her.

"The door frame had been kicked off.  The door is wide open and at that point I was like it's gone too far," said the officer.

Shortly after that Daniel lost her job in communications. Williams says in response she put him through hell filing abuse charges in Brunswick and Catawba counties. Those charges were ultimately thrown out.

"Other than the actual cost itself, I'm losing time off from work because I have to take vacation time for it.  I’m losing off-duty money."

The officer got a protective order against Daniel and counted on the District Attorney’s office to take the case to court.

"The head DA...was going to come and actually try this case for me so it didn't get messed up," Williams added.

But that’s not what happened.  Daniel, a former 911 operator, was given deferred prosecution.

“Deferred prosecution holds them accountable,” said District Attorney Andrew Murray.  “They have to write an admission of guilt, they have to go through certain steps over the next two years."

But it also means that at the end of those two years she could get a clean record. Williams doesn’t see that as justice because of all he’s been put through.

"It (the deferred prosecution) may have been something under the table, because her attorney was an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Charlotte," said Williams.

But Murray strongly disagrees with the favorable treatment claim.

"That's ludicrous.  If you look around there are probably 100 that used to work in this office of attorneys.  We do our jobs based on the facts.”

Williams hopes that deferred prosecution will be enough to discourage Daniel for any more rash acts.

"I know I can protect myself.  In the same respect I don’t want to do what I need to do to somebody that I know," said the officer.