Andruw Jones, former Braves baseball star, was arrested for allegedly battering his wife and causing her to flee their home, according to Gwinett County authorities. The episode may cause the wife to seek a temporary protective order although she has not stated what her plans are in light of the incident.
The altercation allegedly began when Jones consumed alcohol prior to assembling a computer desk in the garage. As he worked on the desk, his wife stated that he became extremely belligerent and that an argument developed. He allegedly grabbed her arm and dragged her across the garage. She escaped into the house, but he followed her, grabbing her ankle and dragging her down the stairs as she attempted to seek safety. The wife alleges that Jones placed his hands around her neck and screamed that he wanted to kill her.
The wife ultimately escaped to her parent's home and called police. Officers stated that she had visible neck injuries. They arrested Jones and released him a few hours later on a $2,400 bail. Officers stated that he appeared intoxicated on arrest.
Spousal altercations do sometimes turn violent, especially when alcohol or drugs are added to the situation. In such cases, both spouses have rights under the law. While the wife in this case may seek a temporary restraining order barring her husband from contact with her, Jones also has the right to present a defense to the case and clear up misconceptions that may have resulted. A criminal defense attorney can help a spouse in this situation to prepare such a defense and answer charges of spousal abuse.
Source: Mail Online, "'I want to kill you!': What baseball star Andruw Jones screamed as he 'dragged his wife down stairs on Christmas morning'," Dec. 25, 2012