Editor's Note: This is the corrected version of the article that ran in the Friday, May 15, 2015 edition of The Wilson Post. The Post regrets the error in the print edition and is happy to set the record straight.
The attorney representing a Wilson County deputy suspended from his job for alleged domestic assault and other charges said his client denies any criminal actions.
Three-term Mt. Juliet city commissioner and long-time Wilson County Sheriff's Deputy Delter 'Ray' Justice was arrested Tuesday on several charges, included alleged domestic assault related to an incident reported at his estranged wife's home in Davidson County Monday night. He is suspended without pay from his deputy position until further information is presented, according to Sheriff Robert Bryan.
Thursday morning attorney Frank Lannom said Justice was at his estranged wife's residence Monday evening.
"However, he denies all criminal allegations," Lannom said. "This is the third time she has made allegations of inappropriate conduct that has caused Ray to be suspended from his job and the previous ones were deemed unsubstantiated. There seems to be a pattern of these allegations during marital issues."
According to a Metro Nashville Police Department affidavit, Justice went to his estranged wife's home to pick up clothing for their two daughters. The report alleges his wife told Justice to pick up the clothes from their porch and Justice "obtained the children's clothing, knocked on the door and entered the residence uninvited."
Justice was also charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism, according to police reports. The affidavit alleges Justice broke a mirror, called names, knocked books off the shelf, attempted to take a television set and his wife's dog.
The following post was on Justice's Facebook page May 12.
"Without a lot of details...It's been a rough day. I cannot begin to tell you how humbled I am by the absolute outpouring of support. Text messages, private messages, voicemails, it's unbelievable. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes thanking God for my friends and family. When the truth comes out all will be well again. Thank you so much."
Earlier this week Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty said as of now Justice will continue in his role as city commissioner. The next meeting is June 8.
"We hope and pray for the best," he said. "But this is America and you are innocent until proven guilty."
Justice is scheduled to appear in court May 19 at 9:30 a.m.
"Yes, Ray can and intends to serve as city commissioner," Lannom said. "These are only allegations and are not proven. He was found not guilty on the prior allegations and I don't expect these to be proven either."
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