Lincoln Judicial Commissioner Indicted On Assault Charge

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:58:43-04

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee judicial commissioner has been indicted on an assault charge.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said a Lincoln County grand jury indicted 48-year-old Brian Thomas Rutledge Tuesday on one count of assault stemming from an incident in February.

Rutledge, a judicial commissioner in Lincoln County, was released on his own recognizance.

A judicial commissioner’s job has entailed issuing criminal warrants, scheduling court dates, and setting and approving bonds.

Those with the TBI said the charge stemmed from an argument that took place February 28 at a market in Fayetteville. TBI officials said after the argument one man started to drive away and was flagged down by Rutledge, who approached the man's truck to speak to him and during the conversation grabbed the man by the neck.

Both men reported the incident to law enforcement officials. 

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