Attorney for Wheeling officer accused of malicious wounding releases statement

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The attorney for the Wheeling Police officer has released a statement addressing felony charges against his client.

Earlier this week, Wheeling Police officer Jacob Skinner was arraigned in Ohio County Magistrate Court on charges of malicious wounding. Skinner is accused of injuring his ex-girlfriend after the Mountaineer Brewfest.

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His attorney, Robert McCoid, released a statement, which can be read in full below.

“Having read the criminal complaint and press accounts surrounding the arrest of Patrolman Jacob Skinner for the felony offense of malicious assault, we felt it crucial to set the record straight concerning the allegations made against him.  While a jury will ultimately resolve the question concerning the validity of the allegations, what is indisputable is the Patrolman Skinner, a decorated police officer and decorated Marine veteran who saw combat in Afghanistan, astutely made a video and audio recording of the entire series of events forming the basis of the State’s charges. 
 
A review of the video and recording, which, apparently, were not available to the police before he was charged, makes clear that his accuser, an intruder unwelcome in his home, was asked over one hundred times by Patrolman Skinner to leave the premises and refused to do so. The video makes further clear that Officer Skinner‘s accuser repeatedly battered him by striking him with a shoe and that he exercised extraordinary restraint before being reduced to reasonably defending himself in his own home against an intoxicated, unstable, and unwelcome ex-girlfriend. 
 
My co-counsel, Joseph J. John, and I are most eager to test the State’s allegations before a jury of Officer Skinner’s peers.  We are supremely confident that he will be fully vindicated after a thorough and complete airing of all of the facts.”

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