WOODBINE — Misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a domestic abuse case have been dropped against Camden County Commissioner Gary Blount.
The charges were dropped after none of the witnesses showed up for a preliminary hearing in Camden County Magistrate Court earlier this month.
According to a hand-written explanation in court documents, the case against Blount was dismissed June 17 because “none of the witnesses appeared.”
St. Marys Police spokesman Lt. Shannon Brock, in a phone interview Monday, said he was unaware charges against Blount had been dropped. Brock said the arresting officer, Brandon Patz, is currently living in South Carolina and is no longer working for the department. But there were two other officers involved with the case that, to the best of his knowledge, were never subpoenaed to testify.
“I was under the impression she (the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case) was going to subpoena them,” Brock said. “He (Patz) was not the only officer at the scene.”
Blount was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after police said they arrived to the scene at 8:31 a.m. on April 15. The woman who answered the door on the 700 block of Cinnamon Fern Trail in St. Marys said Blount shoved her during a domestic dispute, resulting in cuts to her left forearm, bruising to her right forearm and a small cut to her upper lip.
The woman, who was not identified in the report because she is the alleged victim of domestic violence, said the altercation began when Blount accused her of taking his cellphone. He became angry when she denied having the phone and took the woman’s wallet, according to the report.
The woman went into the garage, where she said Blount shoved her, causing the injuries, the report said.
Blount, who left the house before police arrived, returned during the woman’s interview with officers. An investigator saw cuts on Blount’s hands when he arrived, the report said. He told the officer the woman had been drinking and was lying about the incident, but the officer wrote in the report that he didn’t detect any indication of alcohol use.
The officer noticed a large tear in Blount’s shirt and blood under his lip.
After interviewing both parties, Blount was charged with battery, family violence. Officers retrieved the woman’s wallet from Blount’s truck, and he was handcuffed and taken to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office for booking. He was released after posting a $1,012 bond.
Officials with Camden County Magistrate Court referred all questions to the Camden County District Attorney’s Office. None of the prosecutors involved with the case were available for comment Monday.