The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 19, 2013

No conflict ruled in police officer case

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — A Raleigh County magistrate has ruled there is no conflict of interest in the case of a Beckley Police officer charged with domestic battery.

At a hearing held Dec. 5, attorneys presented a information citing potential conflict of interest in the case of Cpl. Bryan Atterson.

Atterson is charged with domestic battery and the unlawful detention of his former girlfriend as part of an ongoing investigation resulting from a September incident.

The potential conflict concerned an affidavit prepared by Atterson’s defense lawyers, John “Jody” Wooton and Christopher Davis, and signed by Atterson’s former girlfriend shortly after the September incident occurred.

Magistrate Steve Massie ruled that there was no conflict in their actions.

Another motions hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16 at 9 a.m., at which time a trial date will be set.

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