A Democratic candidate for Madison County Sheriff was charged with battery after a dispute with his wife Saturday.
William Kenneth White was charged with one count of battery under the Family Violence Act after his wife called law enforcement to their Wildcat Bridge Road home.
“Me and my wife had a little dispute and we got to go to court on it,” said White Sunday afternoon. “Well, I pushed her and they did charge me with the battery on it and I had to go post bond on it.”
White said he is waiting for word from Madison County Magistrate Judge Harry Rice on a hearing date. The candidate’s wife was not charged with anything. White said he has three children with his first wife and his spouse has one child. White said no children were at home at the time of the incident.
“I had come home late that morning and some guys took me out for a birthday party and I guess she thought something bad had happened cause I hadn’t contacted her until later on that I was coming home late — and she got a little ill about it.”
White was asked if his campaign was still moving forward.
“As far as I know it is,” he said. “We got the vote coming out on the 31st, so I’ll see how I look after that.”
The candidate is facing former Comer Police Chief Brent Zellner in the Democratic Primary Tuesday. The winner of that race will face the winner of the Republican Primary, which includes incumbent Kip Thomas, Brenan Baird and Clayton Lowe.
“I just want the citizens of Madison County to know it was a misunderstanding,” said White. “All families have them. But we’re going to get it worked out. We’re going to court about it. Everything will get straightened out.”
According to the incident report from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies responded to a domestic dispute at 3594 Wildcat Bridge Road.
Officer Lewis Fisher reported that the victim “had blood on the right side of her nose and a mark under her right eye.”
“The victim stated that she and the offender, William White, got into an argument over her changing the locks on the door,” wrote Fisher. “The victim said she went to the bathroom, then the offender came home and the victim came out of the bathroom. She was confronted by the offender. That’s when the offender pushed the victim into a chair, where she fell to the floor. Then the offender jumped on top of her and started hitting her in the face with his fist. The victim then bit the offender on the chin to get him off of her.”
White told the officer that when he got home, his wife had changed the locks.
“The victim attacked him and started biting him on the chin,” wrote Fisher, regarding White’s explanation. “That’s when he used his hands to push her away from him. He did state that he pushed her in the face.”