The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

November 7, 2013

No actions in Atterson case, hearing set Dec. 5

No actions were taken Wednesday during a status hearing for Beckley Police Cpl. Bryan Atterson, who was charged in September with domestic battery and unlawful detention against his girlfriend, but a motions hearing has been set for Dec. 5.

The Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was recently selected to handle the case, after Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller recused herself.

Keller said Atterson had discussed the case with several men on her staff who could be called as witnesses, so she decided to recuse herself.

She also noted that four of five county magistrates recused themselves as well, and the fifth — Raleigh County Magistrate Steve Massie — is now overseeing the case.

Atterson, 35, is accused of restraining his girlfriend against her will at their Prosperity apartment.

According to the complaint, Atterson, a mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, “applied a martial arts maneuver to her arm putting her on the ground. During this act she struck her head causing swelling and bruising on her forehead.”

The victim also reported to police that Atterson put her in a choke hold, holding her to the point where she almost passed out before he released her, according to the complaint.

Atterson was arrested Sept. 10 and released on $2,500 bail later that day.

Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems said Atterson is being held on administrative leave with pay.

Deems said no further action will be taken until the case is resolved; however, if Atterson is found guilty, he will no longer be eligible to be a police officer because those convicted of domestic battery are prohibited from carrying a firearm.

A motions hearing has been set for Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. before Magistrate Massie.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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