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Police arrest Jonesborough man after alleged domestic assault

Becky Campbell • Jul 6, 2018 at 8:59 PM

A Jonesborough man charged with domestic assault told a judge Friday that he was only trying to keep the woman he was accused of assaulting from driving because she was intoxicated.

Brian E. Turner, 46, 215 N. Washington Drive, Jonesborough, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after Jonesborough police responded to an unknown problem at the man’s residence.

When officers arrived, they found Sharon Schaefer sitting in a lawn chair outside with visible bruises and abrasions. The woman was bleeding from her mouth and hand, but denied there had been an assault and said she didn’t know how she was injured.

Police followed a blood trail to the door of the house and kicked it in to search for Turner. They found him in a bedroom — also with visible injuries — and took him into custody. While inside the house, police saw that there was a broken lamp, a china cabinet door glass was busted and couch cushions were askew.

Turner had what police called “new wounds” to his forehead and right knee.

Both Turner and Schaefer were “heavily intoxicated,” police reported, and had slurred speech and the odor of alcohol coming from their breath. Police determined Turner was the primary aggressor and arrested him on the assault charge.

At his arraignment Friday, Turner asked to speak to Judge Robert Lincoln. The judge cautioned Turner about speaking without an attorney present, but Turner went on to say that he had tried to keep Schafer from driving.

Lincoln appointed the public defender’s office to represent Turner, reduced his bond from $1,000 to $200 and set a hearing for July 11.

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