Posted: 7/19/2013 9:50:16 AM EST
Candor NC fires the police Dept.
So here we are almost two years later and the ORIGINAL non charge that became a charge is on trial.
Jury hears Lamonds testimony, set to begin deliberations
By Mary Anderson
CARTHAGE — A Moore County jury will begin deliberations on Friday to decide the guilt or innocence of Teresa Lamonds of Candor on two counts of communicating threats and one count of resisting an officer. All three charges are misdemeanors and were made after a series of events on May 6, 2009.
Lamonds said in testimony on Thursday that the charges are a conspiracy fabricated by Candor police officers Grantland Jackson and James Pierce, Candor Town Clerk Tammy Kellis and John Thompson, retired town employee. Their reason, she said, was to protect Officer Pierce and “to make me out to be a bad person who thinks she is above the law and better than anyone else.”
Lamonds contends that Sgt. Pierce went to her office, accused her of threatening Jackson, accused her of assault on a officer when she touched him and then beat her up.
The case is being heard in Moore Superior Court because Lamonds appealed to superior court after being found guilty in Montgomery district court in October 2009 and requested a change of venue because of pre-trial publicity. The first trial was not allowed to be mentioned in this trial. However, Prosecutor Darren Allen used transcripts of what he identified as “sworn testimony in previous court proceeding” to point out contradictions to testimony in this trial.
Lamonds’ attorney, James Van Camp, and Allen, assistant district attorney, made their closing arguments to the jury late Thursday afternoon.
During earlier testimony on Thursday, Lamonds recounted again the morning traffic stop by Jackson, for which she received a warning ticket for speeding, and the traffic stop of her husband, Johnny Lamonds, to whom Jackson gave a warning ticket for following his police vehicle too closely, a charge that Johnny Lamonds denied.
Teresa Lamonds said she went to town hall where she asked Kellis to have Police Chief Randall White or Mayor Becky Williams call her before the end of the day. She denies a threat to Jackson to “beat his skinny ass in the middle of the street,” but admits that she said, “If he talks to everyone else the way he talked to me, somebody is going to beat his skinny ass and it might be me.”
Lamonds said she drove back to where Jackson had her husband stopped and called to him that she “had raised a little hell at town hall” and she was “tired of this shit with the police department.”
Lamonds testified that she had been frustrated with Candor police because of numerous parking tickets given to J L Hosiery employees and to tenants who live in apartments over the business. Johnny Lamonds testified he believed the police were not targeting his business, but Hispanic employees and tenants. The police chief tore up the tickets when Lamonds complained.
Also, Teresa’s vehicle was broken into. Biscoe police arrested a woman who used Lamonds’ credit card at Walmart, but no one was arrested for the break-in.
A third source of friction with police was a man who printed fraudulent checks on J L Hosiery and cashed them at three banks. The man was identified but never charged.
On May 6, 2009, about 2:30 p.m., Sgt. Pierce, whose duty was to respond to citizen complaints, walked over to the Lamonds’ textile mill, J L Hosiery. He was taken to Teresa Lamonds’ office where he asked her to come to the police department and file a formal complaint. The conversation was polite at first, she said, and he left, then came back in and shut the door.
Lamonds said she touched him with her finger and told him to leave her office, that he was trespassing. Pierce testified that she had repeated her threat against officer Jackson and shoved him.
She said Pierce twisted her arm behind her back, threw her on the floor with his knee in her back, jerked her up by the hair, threw her into the wall and back on the floor. While he was trying to reach a telephone, she escaped and ran through the plant screaming.
Pierce said the hold was a “come along” technique to make a person go with an officer, did involve a certain level of pain, and that in the struggle, both of them fell to the floor. He also said he was trying to call for backup when she got away and ran out screaming.
Johnny Lamonds, who was in the business car shop, testified he had no idea what had happened when his wife ran in screaming that the police had beat her up. He ran to the office. An employee told him that a police car was driving into the back parking lot.
Johnny Lamonds said he was walking fast toward the officers, which Jackson must have thought was threatening because he drew back to strike Lamonds, but Pierce stopped him.
Teresa was then handcuffed and put into the police car to be taken to the magistrate’s office. Johnny called their local attorney to meet them there.
Before they went to the courthouse in Troy, Teresa testified, they stopped at town hall. Jackson and Pierce went inside where Teresa could see them talking with Kellis and Thompson. That, Teresa said, is when they fabricated their story about her.
Teresa said she had told the officers she was in pain and needed medical attention, but was ignored. She was charged and released by the magistrate and immediately taken by her husband to the emergency room at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
A J L Hosiery employee who was in the shop with Johnny testified that when Teresa ran in, she was crying and shaking, her arms were red, her glasses were gone and her watch was dangling on her arm.
Johnny Lamonds said he had never seen his wife in a state such as that.
At the emergency room, her right arm was put in a “soft cast” and she was referred to the orthopaedic clinic. After six weeks of physical therapy didn’t help, she had surgery to repair tendons and ligaments. Teresa was a patient at a pain clinic for a back problem and continued there for her arm and hand pain.
Defense attorney Van Camp showed the jury seven photographs, taken at the pain clinic, of bruises on her arm, wrist, hand and upper chest. Prosecutor Allen said some of the pictures had shadows identified as bruises that were not present in other pictures.
Teresa was also diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after the trauma and, at one point, alarmed her family and her therapist when she said she wanted to kill James Pierce and then kill herself.
Johnny Lamonds said not now, but at the beginning, he was worried that his wife would harm herself.
“This has affected Teresa really, really bad,” Lamonds said.
So to save you the suspense today, Friday 19 July, Teresa Lamonds was found guilty on all charges.
She had bee offered a plea but refused because it involved community service. She would not agree to that.
Once found guilty by the jury she was sentenced to probation, and the Judge doubled the amount of community service that she would have had under the plea.
Once again adding to the list of convictions started by a warning for speeding.
Mr. Wayne Holyfield former NCSHP patrolman, and town councilman of Candor, had his trial moved to Moore Co. NC He is facing state charges of Accessing a Government Computer,
Erik Jackson roommate of Wayne Holyfield who got cough up in the election of Holyfield was convicted on federal charges of election fraud.
Wayne Holyfield's Grandmother gets arrested for calling in a bomb threat to the business of Teresa Lamonds. She plead, and the Judge told her not to call in any more bomb threats and sent her on her way.
Oh, the Candor Peach Festival is coming up soon everyone should be sure to attend and ask the residents if they are going to vote in the next election.
3 years in team forum and I am so under the radar deej86 doesn't remember me.
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