Alleged domestic violence victim arrested, later released
Judge orders her arrested after she changes her story
Friday, June 12th 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An alleged victim of domestic violence spent more than five hours in jail.
It began Thursday morning in a bond reduction hearing for Lomac Jeter. He's accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Jasmine Stone.
But during the hearing, Stone told District Court Judge Sheila Collins that she made up the story, changing the statements she gave to a police officer.
“There's no marks, no scratches, no anything because no hands was put on me,” said Stone.
“So he [the officer] made up all that then?” asked Judge Collins.
“Yes,” Stone responded.
“He made up all that stuff?” asked Collins.
made up all that stuff,” said Stone.
When Stone also denied an earlier sworn statement that she is pregnant, Judge Collins had had enough. “Is that the sworn affidavit? Sheriff, take her into custody.”
Collins charged Stone with making false statements. Assistant County Attorney Susan Ely tried to come to her defense.
“Domestic violence victims often say different stories for a multitude of reasons,” Ely told the judge.
Marta Miranda, president and CEO of the Center for Women and Families calls cases such as this, “A classic dynamic of being in a domestic violence, battering situation.”
Miranda says she can't comment on a specific case, but says domestic violence victims will recant 90% of the time, under pressure from family, friends and the abuser.
“This is a case of manipulation. This is a case of extreme pressure. And this is a case where we all want our families to work, and that it is not a simple crime,” she said.
During the hearing, Judge Collins admitted, “I can't tell what's true and what's not true.”
Miranda says judges must often make tough calls in domestic violence cases, but does not believe jail is the best option when victims change their stories.
“When a judge decides that he or she is going to put a victim in jail, that further reduces the potential for that victim to come forward the next time when she actually may be ready to not recant,” she said.
Stone was released from jail Thursday evening, and at a hearing Friday morning, a different judge dropped the charge.
Judge Collins has not returned a call seeking comment.
Jasmine Stone told WDRB by phone that she does not want to discuss the case right now.
During her 2010 re-election, Collins was rated Most Highly Qualified by the Louisville Bar Association.
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