Monday, July 16, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Felony charges have been dropped for a Duluth woman accused by police of attacking her husband with a machete in March. The couple call the incident a misunderstanding.
Gwinnett police arrested Sandra Paschal, 57, on charges she hacked through a bedroom door with the knife the afternoon of March 11 and cut her husband, resulting in minor injuries. Paschal was charged with felony aggravated assault and held at the Gwinnett County Jail for a day, when she posted $11,200 bond.
The couple have vehemently denied that the incident was as bad as police made it out to be, but the charges stuck until June 28.
Richard Armond, assistant district attorney, said the case was dismissed after the husband and alleged victim, Jerry Paschal, came to prosecutors requesting to have charges dropped and disputing some facts as reported.
As the spouse of the defendant, Jerry Paschal would have had the right to refuse to testify at trial under current Georgia law, Armond said.
Jerry Paschal said this week the incident that prompted his wife's arrest was "blown out of proportion."
As for his wife of 26 years, Sandra Paschal, she said the arrest was her first run-in with the law.
"I have never even had a speeding ticket," she said.
Both have struggled with health issues and were relieved by the prosecutor's decision.