CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The attorney for the son of state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman says Edward “Teddy” Gardner, and his family are glad “the truth has come out” about an Aug. 5 fight between Gardner and his sister, Lindsey.

“We’re happy to have at least the criminal part of this behind us,” attorney Jesse Forbes told MetroNews “Talkline” on Friday. “At the end of the day, we knew very early that these accusations were unfounded.”

A charge of malicious wounding against Gardner, 27, was dropped earlier this week. That charge was based on his sister’s initial claims that her brother had beaten her and kicked her multiple times in Charleston’s Quarry Creek area—near their mother’s home.

Officials with the Kanawha County prosecutor’s office said there was no evidence of an assault. Instead, prosecutors said they determined Gardner was defending himself after Lindsey Gardner went after him. They believe she fell and hit her head during the altercation.

“The medical records showed that Ms. Gardner was never kicked. She was never punched. She was never thrown out of a car. She wasn’t even in a car with Teddy Gardner. She was in a separate vehicle,” Forbes said.

“The entire initial accusations here were really blown out of proportion and unfounded.”

Following the incident, Lindsey Gardner was hospitalized for a cut to the head and a possible concussion. Charleston police said she was not cooperative when officers tried to question her at the hospital, and 10 days passed before she gave an official statement.

At that later date, she reportedly said she was “talking out of her head” when she first claimed her brother had attacked her.

Teddy Gardner was not interviewed.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster has said he and his officers are “standing by the original police report.”

There have been no public comments from Workman on the matter.

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  • billy

    her mother probably threatened her if she stuck to the truth. spoiled brat brother will kill somebody one day. mommy will prob get charges dropped then also

  • Facts are obvious

    I consider this whole family as scum and trash. Not worthy of any noble titles, professional capacity or careers and simply disgusting. Mother appears to be without integrity, daughter is a wacko and son is spoiled druggie brat.

  • The Answer

    Saw this Miller on tv trying to explain why he dropped the charges.
    Couldn't even look at the reporter.
    Some badass prosecutor he is, LOL…

  • smackdabwv

    Hoppy if John Doe from cabin ck were involved he would have been arrested on the spot and if he left the scene a warrant would have been issued for his arrest! If it happened in his parents driveway chances are they wouldn't have connections to hire an attorney that fast! At the very least this guy would have had a preliminary hearing where evidence would have been presented before the court! John Doe would have had to miss work and appear before the court! I just can't find an answer for this! I am scratching my head! Maybe it happened just like they say BUT there should have been at least a prelim!

    • smackdabwv

      PS. 10 pm! How many attorneys could John Doe reach??? Just asking

  • BH

    It's interesting that someone "going to medical school" would leave the scene of an accident involving their sister lying on the pavement bleeding.

  • Mike

    More Damage Control, You hit the nail on the head. They are all liars. They will lie to the death to protect each other. What a damn shame this punk will walk away free as a bird. I will never trust Judges and Lawyers again. They all should be in jail,debarred and removed from the bench. Liars one and all.

    • arp

      You get in trouble, get sued, you'll try to find the nastiest, junk yard dog lawyer you can find to defend you! Without judges and lawyers we'd be taking the law into our own hands, and it would not be a pretty situation!

      • Unreal

        Actually, Shakespeare was right? Kill all the lawyers first. At some point society will grow tired of this under the table, lunchtime handshake, negotiation and dialogue during golfing and social bar drinking meeting type justice. Can't wait for the day when technology is available that will replace polygraphs and be 100% on target so all the liars will be exposed. Won't need lawyers anymore.

  • Mountain Navy

    Ya this is not a hook up at all.

  • Wesley

    Fungojoe has stated below exactly how this went down. Hey Margaret and Jesse, it's Friday nite, go high five and drink it up. You pulled off another slam dunk thru cronyism. I would give anything to hear those phone tapped conversations.

  • More Damage Control

    Bah, blah, blah and more blah. BS, BS, BS and more BS. If she fell on her own, then they should get her Life Alert medical neck chain device so she can call for help in the future. This is simply damage control by mommy, our Supreme Court Justice. What a dysfunctional bunch of liars and retards. Thanks for putting WV on the map again.

  • Dumb Liberals

    "We knew very early that these accusations" were very TRUE and the sepreme's justice Workman would devise a BS story that stinks worse than the Kanaw-HA River after a chemical spill. Fraud, intimidation, and the political fix was in. Wonder who get the payoff? Might want to alert the FBI to investigate the political corruption in the sepremes and the persecutor's office. Ethics be damned by this bunch of corrupt sharks.

  • Picklebee

    Now you know why lawyers are not put under oath in a court room.

  • mark


    why was she in icu? Why did he leave her? Was her blood found on his shoe? We will never know. Just pathetic.

    No one is surprised by this. Rich spoiled white boy gets a free pass to attend med school. Maybe Manchin can get WVU to give him his med degree without attending....

    • Bob

      He is going to Marshall med school

  • Airmayle

    Margaret Workman has shown unethical behavior ON THE BENCH !!! Should anything outside her courtroom surprise us??????

  • the flying dutchman

    the workman/gardner family theory must be if they tell their version long enough, it must be true.

  • justin