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Man accused of assault at Valley Forge tire store found guilty

John Thompson • Dec 6, 2017 at 10:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — After hearing testimony Tuesday about a beating at the Haywood Tire Store in Valley Forge in 2016, a Carter County jury found Ronnie Darrell Curd guilty of reckless aggravated assault.

Curd, 46, Mountain City, was accused of driving to the tire store and walking into the tire-changing area and asking “who is Tim?” When an employee pointed out Tim Mains working at a tire mounting machine, witnesses said they saw Curd walk to Mains while he was concentrating on mounting a tire. The witnesses said Curd struck Mains in the face with his fist.

Witnesses said they grabbed Curd and pulled him away from Mains. When they released Curd, the witnesses said Curd picked up a tire rim and charged Mains when he was bent over and bleeding. The witnesses said they again restrained Curd, then he got back in his pickup truck and drove away.

Mains was heard to say “who the hell was that?” as Curd drove off. He told deputies that he did not know the man who assaulted him or the reason for the attack.

Investigators said Mains had a broken upper palate and underwent reconstructive surgery.

Employees told investigators a man called the shop on March 22, 2016, and stated he was the man who attacked Mains. They said Curd told them during the telephone conversation Mains was dating his ex-girlfriend.

He said the attack concerned a 6-year-old boy living with the ex-girlfriend and involved in a Child Protective Services case, which he said was “moving too slow.” They said the caller then inquired about Mains’ condition and said he regretted his actions.

Curd was facing a charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury. The jury found Curd not guilty of that charge and of attempted aggravated assault, but found him guilty of the next highest offense, reckless aggravated assault.

In finding him guilty, the jury also fined Curd $5,000, the maximum amount allowed under the lesser charge.

Criminal Court Judge Lisa Rice scheduled a sentencing hearing for Curd on Feb. 2. Curd’s attorney is James Bowman.

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