Diamondhead mayor found not guilty of simple assault

Diamondhead mayor found not guilty of simple assault
Schafer is accused of assaulting the president of the Property Owners Association during an official meeting. (Source: WLOX)

DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - Diamondhead mayor, Tommy Schafer, was found not guilty on a simple assault charge Monday. Schafer was accused of physically assaulting the president of Diamondhead’s Property Owners Association (POA), Bob Marthouse, in September.

“It does feel good. It really feels good. It is a horrible feeling to be falsely accused," said Mayor Schafer. "It was a dark cloud, and as I said 2.5 years ago when I was re-elected mayor our city of Diamondhead needs to come together and focus on the future. If we embrace the change coming in the future. We will have some effect over that change.”

The incident happened on September 4, 2019.

Marthouse filed the assault complaint in municipal court the following Monday. The criminal affidavit alleged Schafer pushed Marthouse, “knocking him down causing him to fall over chairs landing on the ground back first during a confrontation.”

Mayor Schafer said moving forward he’s open to having public collaborative committee meetings.

“If they want to hold the meetings in public, if they want to hold open meetings, I will certainly do it. But I want to make sure that the collaborative meeting doesn’t become a collusion committee," Schafer said. "If it is done in the light of day in the public, I’d be willing to do it. I sure would.”

Mayor Schafer’s attorney, Tim Holleman, initially said the allegation had “no substance to it”.

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