Domestic assault charges against Atkins to be dropped
Thursday, February 9, 2012
– Domestic assault charges against Rodney Atkins will be thrown out if he continues to meet court-ordered conditions, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Atkins, who is going through a divorce, was arrested in November in Brentwood, Tenn., after his wife told police he attacked her, trying to suffocate hi with a pill after he had been drinking.
The charge will be retired if Atkins stays out of trouble for one year and completes 30 hours of community service.
Atkins' attorney said he passed court-ordered anger management, drug and alcohol evaluations. He did not admit any guilt as part of the deal.
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