DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Rhea County jurors have acquitted former state Rep. Jim Cobb, who was accused of assaulting a woman in a wheel chair.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the not guilty verdict was returned Tuesday night after a Circuit Court jury deliberated for about an hour.
Cobb said the verdict spoke for itself and said the charge was politically motivated.
The Republican from Spring City lost in the party primary to Ron Travis, who had no opponent in the general election.
Wanda Sue Goins told deputies she feared for her safety, saying Cobb got out of his pickup at a Dayton school and tried to knock down a Travis sign as Goins campaigned for Travis. Goins said she was afraid Cobb was going to hit her.
While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:
Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.