STEVENSON, Ala. (WHNT) - A judge found Stevenson Police officer and former acting Police Chief of the department not guilty of domestic violence Thursday. Stevenson Mayor Rickey Steele suspended Hester Roy Hollis in February when the complaint was filed.
The attorney for Hollis says his client's ex-wife filed the complaint in Etowah County on behalf of the couple's 16-year-old daughter. The complaint stated Hollis was sending threatening text messages to his daughter, but his attorney says the actual text message conversations told a much different story. The attorney says the claims of threats were completely baseless.
Hollis took over the Stevenson Police Department in January when Mayor Steele put former chief Daniel Winters on paid leave after a federal civil rights indictment. The indictment claims Winters used unreasonable force during arrest and allowed someone else to also use unreasonable force. Hester Hollis is named in that indictment, but he does not face any criminal charges connected to it.
Mayor Rickey Steele says the Stevenson City Council could reinstate Hollis as acting Police Chief in the coming days. We will follow up with Mayor Steele and will bring you updates in this story.