Relative of imprisoned Alabama mayor seeks protection from abuse

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) – A relative of an Alabama mayor jailed for domestic violence while campaigning for statewide office has sought court protection, saying he choked to death and had threatened to kill her, according to court records.

The woman filed the claim in Elmore County on Tuesday following the arrest over the weekend of Tallassee Mayor John Randal Hammock on charges of domestic violence with strangulation in Baldwin County.

Elected to his second term as mayor of the central Alabama city of 4,700 in 2020, Hammock is campaigning as a Republican for a seat on Alabama’s Public Service Commission, which regulates services. public.

The Associated Press does not use the woman’s name because it does not identify victims of domestic violence.

The motion says Hammock, 47, assaulted the woman with his fists and feet while she was wearing boots and pushed her against a condominium wall in Orange Beach, choking her and threatening to kill her , according to court documents.

A judge granted the request without a hearing, ordering Hammock not to contact the person.

Hammock remained in the Baldwin County jail on bail set at $20,000 after his arrest Saturday morning by Orange Beach police on charges of domestic violence with strangulation, jail records show. A booking photo showed he had what appeared to be a black eye.

Court records were not available to show whether Hammock had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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