Third trial for former Lexington Police Chief begins
Dec 2, 2007
Dec 4, 2007
IRMO, SC - For the third time, former Lexington Police Chief Stace Day is in court facing criminal domestic violence charges. The case has twice ended in a hung jury. During the first trial back in February, Day and his wife Laurie said they were back together and that their relationship was stronger. The state still went forward with a second trial. Then in April, after nine hours of deliberation, the second jury also failed to reach a verdict. Day's lawyer said Laurie Day's family and officers overreacted to the fight. Now it's round three. Stace Day is back in court as prosecutors again try to convince a jury the former Lexington police chief brutalized his wife... Day admits cheating on her, and she admits starting a physical altercation at their home that lasted at least eight hours... Laurie Day says she pushed him, kicked him in the groin, hit him in the chin with an attic door, and at one point, grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his head off... Laurie Day continues to dispute the accuracy of statements she gave to sheriff's deputies and a divorce attorney after her husband was arrested... The office says the facts haven't changed, and says if the state is willing to drop the charge now, it should not have gone to trial the first time around.
Deputies testify in former Lexington police chief's trial
Dec 4, 2007
Tuesday was day two of trial three for the former Lexington police chief accused of domestic violence... Deputies arriving at the home of Stace and Laurie Day found her emotions going up and down like a rollercoaster. Sgt. Robin Walters says, "At first she was crying. The very first thing she told me when I got her by herself is, 'You don't understand. He's going to kill me. I have to leave the state now.' She kept repeating, 'He's going to kill me. He's going to kill me'"... Difficult questions for the jury include did Stace Day break the law by hurting and humiliating his wife, or was what happened in their often-volatile marriage not a crime at all? Criminal domestic violence prosecutor Nicole Howland says this about Laurie Day. "I want everyone to have some compassion for the woman. She's in a tough spot. She loves this man, she wants to stay with this man and when it's all said and done, she's the only one who has to live with him. And to make her out to be a bad person, I don't think that's the right way to take it. I've got a lot of respect for Laurie Day. She's in a tough spot. I would hope nobody in this courtroom would have to be in her position. And the fact that she is doing something that we don't all understand, I think that's unfortunate"...
Former Lexington police chief testifies
Posted: Dec 5, 2007
Updated: Dec 6, 2007
Stace Day says he's been "attacked" by his former colleagues in law enforcement. The ex-Lexington police chief took the witness stand Wednesday in his latest re-trial on a charge of criminal domestic violence... Day denies pushing his wife to the floor and throwing water in her face as their children looked on, an allegation that helped trigger the domestic violence charge against him. The couple later patched up their marriage. And as the trial moved toward its end, both took aim at law enforcement and those who intervened in the conflict - the sheriff's department, the attorney general's office, Laurie's mother and former friends. Laurie Day says, "They've all made it very clear to me that based on my decision to reconcile with my husband that they have washed their hands of me, that they were finished - they wouldn't support me"...
Jury Deadlocked for Third Time in Stace Day Trial
Dec 6, 2007
It is a third mistrial on domestic violence charges for former Lexington police Chief Stace Day. For prosecutors, it's strike three. And for Stace and Laurie Day, there's no clear end to the uncertainty... The question now is will the state attempt a fourth trial?...
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