A St. Joseph man was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a Jeep.
A Buchanan County Jury handed down the verdict on Wednesday for Allen McCarthy Sr. for second-degree assault after an incident where he ran over Michole Stanford on July 15, 2019.
Video was shown to the jury on Tuesday of the incident on Evaline Street from a neighbor that captured the event. There was no question that McCarthy had hit her with the vehicle, the question was if he had done it on purpose.
Angela Tatro, McCarthy’s defense lawyer, argued that her client was trying to leave a dispute between himself and Stanford. She alleges that Stanford was hitting his vehicle with a 3-foot piece of rebar. McCarthy himself testified that he thought Stanford would hit him if she got close enough to the cab of the Jeep.
McCarthy testified that he accidentally hit Stanford and came back to check on her.
In her closing argument, Tatro asked that the jury not find him guilty of fourth-degree assault rather than first-degree assault, since there was no denying that he’d hit Stanford.
Prosecutor Robert Reinhardt refuted the idea that the incident was accidental, pointing to the video in which McCarthy appeared to make a sharp turn in Stanford’s direction.
Reinhardt acknowledged Stanford’s part in the dispute that preceded the incident but told the jury this did not justify running her over.
The jury chose a verdict somewhere in between, finding McCarthy guilty of second-degree assault.