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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  • 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


  • ChickenDance

    She was not cooperative for 10 days?????

    This guy was arrested the very day she was found in a ditch, bloody and dazed. It was reported then that he beat her.

    Now just where did that information come from if she was uncooperative for 10 days???

  • FungoJoe

    Edward Garner's attorney = Jesse Forbes.
    Jeese Forbes dad and law partner = Bill Forbes.
    Bill Forbes = Past elected Kan. Co. Prosecutor.
    As prosecutor = boss of Chuck Miller, and a friend of Chuck Miller. They go way back.
    Chuck Miller = out of the blue drops charges against Edward Gardner.
    Connect the dots people. Quid Pro Quo.

  • FungoJoe

    Jesse Forbes dad, Bill Forbes, was a Kanawha County Prosecutor for years and goes way way back with Asst. PA Chuck Miller.
    Quid Pro Quo. This stinks to high heavens.

  • RogerD

    Isn't it rather irregular that the person charged was never interviewed?

    Also, did the lawyer really say "At the end of the day, we knew very early"?

    • WVU 74

      Bet he did !

      During questioning for Jury Duty, our local Asst. Prosecutor asked my spouse, "Have you or any member of your immediate family been a victim of a homicide?"

      Makes you think ....