CONYERS -- Rockdale County Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said Tuesday night he will "defend himself in the judicial process" and not offer any public comment on his recent arrest and the family violence charges filed against him.
During commissioners' comments at the end of Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, Nesbitt made his first formal, and as he told the audience his last, comment on the matter. Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to his home Monday afternoon where he was arrested and charged with one count of simple assault, family violence, and one count of misdemeanor battery.
The arrest stemmed from an argument between Nesbitt and his wife. Both suffered minor injuries and each allegedly damaged the other's personal vehicle during the argument.
Nesbitt was released from jail on $2,500 bond Monday night.
"On the advice of counsel I will not discuss the details of the incident," Nesbitt said Tuesday reading from a prepared statement. "I will assure my constituents and the people of Rockdale County that I will remain focused on the business of the county and this personal matter will not in anyway alter or detract from my fulfillment as Post 1 commissioner and its responsibilities."
Nesbitt continued, "In fact, the sheriff's deputies were simply following proper protocol and procedures in a very professional manner."
Nesbitt said he will defend himself in court and asked the public to respect his and his family's privacy.
"Respectfully, I intend not to address this matter ever again in the public," he said.
When approached after the BOC regular meeting, Nesbitt refused to identify who put up the $2,500 for his jail bond.
Nesbitt was elected to the Post I position in 2008 with a 78-vote margin against Republican incumbent commissioner Jason Hill. He is up for reelection in 2012 and has not announced his intentions whether he will seek a second term.
The post is an at-large position and represents all of Rockdale County.
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