South Carolina lawmaker faces assault charge

S.C.’s House Representative, Jerry Govan was charged Thursday, Nov. 9, with assault and battery in the third degree. According to the warrant, the assault took place in a conference room at the State House after a verbal disagreement between Rep. Jerry Govan and South Carolina Rep. Gilda Cobb- Hunter.

This warrant initially describes Rep. Govan in an anger filled rage stating, “he approached the victim yelling at her…which made the victim extend her arm out to keep Mr. Govan from getting any closer to her.” In the heat of the attack, “ Rep. Govan grabbed the right wrist area and twisted, causing the victim to  fall back.” The warrant entails the soreness and swelling of Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunters’ right wrist.

According to the Richland County’s Sheriff Department, Rep. Jerry Govan turned himself in at the Glenn Detention Center at 8:30 a.m. He was released later in the afternoon with a $1,087 personal recognizance bond. According to the US Law, Assault and Battery is lesser-included  offense, this charge is a misdemeanor. If found guilty, Rep. Govan would be fined $500, and up to a month in jail.

The dispute arose on May 11,  after a conversation on  a bill that included combining Orangeburg County school districts. Rep. Jerry Govan has disputed her account.  House Speaker Jay Lucas reprimanded both lawmakers after saying his review could not determine what happened.

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Authored by: Sydni Edwards

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