The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 20, 2014

Trial date set for officer accused of domestic battery

BECKLEY — A trial will be held March 28 for a Beckley police officer accused of domestic battery and unlawful detention.

Cpl. Bryan Atterson was charged Sept. 10, 2013, with domestic battery and unlawful wounding against his former girlfriend at their Prosperity apartment.

The case was reassigned to the Wyoming County Prosecutor’s Office in November 2013 after Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller recused herself from the case.

Several motion hearings have been held since Atterson’s arrest, and Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Cochran said the case is finally ready for trial.

Magistrate Steve Massie ruled Tuesday that the attorneys had sufficient discovery to move forward.

The trial will be held March 28 at 10:30 a.m. before Massie.

Atterson has been on administrative leave with pay since his arrest. If he is found guilty, he will no longer be eligible to be a police officer because anyone convicted of domestic battery is prohibited from carrying a firearm.

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

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