CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is no longer calling for an independent review of the decision to drop a malicious wounding charge against the son of state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman.

Teddy Gardner, 27, had been accused of beating his sister.

“I’m out of gas on this thing. We just don’t have anywhere else to go,” Mayor Jones said of the end of his efforts to have a special prosecutor named to look again at the case of Gardner who was arrested following the Aug. 5 incident.

Jones met Wednesday with Chuck Miller, chief of staff for the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Steve Revercomb, also with the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster and Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department to review the details of the case.

“It was not a terse exchange, but it was a frank exchange of why the case should go forward and why it couldn’t. Our meeting lasted about an hour and, in the final analysis, he’s in charge. Chuck’s the boss,” Jones said.

Miller first announced the decision to drop the charge against Gardner last week.  At that time, Miller said there was not enough evidence to pursue the case.

This past Tuesday, Jones had said there had been a “miscalculation” when he called for the independent review on MetroNews “Talkline.”

The initial charge against Gardner was based on his sister Lindsey’s first claims at the scene that her brother had beaten her and kicked her multiple times in Charleston’s Quarry Creek area—near their mother’s home.

Ten days after the incident, including several days spent in the hospital, Lindsey Gardner told Charleston Police a different story when she gave an official statement about what had happened.

She claimed she had tried to take a swing at her brother, Teddy, on the night of Aug. 5 and he pushed her away to defend himself and that’s when she fell and hit her head. Teddy Gardner was not questioned.

“In the final analysis, it is the prosecutor’s office which makes the final decision whether to prosecute a case or not, and the City accepts that,” Jones said.

“(Current Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark) Plants is not going to last. Chuck could last. We’ve had bad relationships with that office before and, certainly with this current situation, and we would like to have a good relationship with it and we’ve made our points.”

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Comments

  • bill

    Its the job of the prosecutor to represent the people of the state of WV. Dropping these charges are not in the best interest of the state.

    Every says that they have an ethical obligation to drop the charges if they know a person is innocent. However he is not innocent. Of course everyone is innocent until proven guilty. If Chuck Miller felt there was a problem, he should have went to the police first and said here is the problem with the evidence. Chuck Miller conducting an independent investigation because he has a good relationship with the family is a conflict of interest. He has not acted professional in this matter. He is Mark Plant's guy.

  • BH

    It must be nice to be one of Charleston's elite. An awful lot of people have been influenced to make this go away. I do feel bad for the sister, though.

  • Mark

    At least the spoiled, drunk driving, pot smoking, women beating, brat, rich kid can go to Med School.

  • thornton

    There is a Kanawha County?

  • CaptainQ

    To quote that famed American philosopher Gomer Pyle: "SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!"

    Who didn't see THIS coming?

    • Brian

      +1. They got to him! I just lost all respect for Danny Jones.

  • GregG

    I bet $2 Danny shut up. Someone probably told him that if he didn't shut up that some of his skeletons would coming running out of the closet.

    • FungoJoe

      The City of Charleston has its elections in 2015. Need I say more?

    • Sean

      His wouldn't be any worse than most of West Virginia's elected officials. I still remember when they put Shelley Moore's daddy in jail and I'm sure the apple doesn't fall far from the tree there.

  • The Answer

    This cover up smells so bad , you can smell it all the way up Elk River.
    No pun intended..
    By the way mayor still looking for some of those free garbage bags up our way...

  • whatdahell

    Could that headline have been anymore confusing?

  • No Surprise

    Justice Workman covered this up well. The cases that go in front of her. Get a different type of justice. Two types of justice at the Supreme Court. It depends on how much money you have or who you know. The Appeals Court in Charleston is a joke. This is a primary example of the people who make the decisions. They can not kept their own family in check. Their work has to be twice as screwed up.

  • Junius

    Something in the water in Charleston ...oh wait .. That's not funny.

  • reality check

    I'm sure that this won't be the last time Mr. Gardner is in trouble. hopefully he won't kill anyone. that's a little harder to cover up (just a little - friends in high places helps)

  • the flying dutchman

    the curtain falls on the theatre of the absurd in charleston. the rich and powerful have different rules than the rest...never forget it.....if you do, events like this will always be a reminder.

  • Sam

    If it smells like a corrupt duck & walks like a corrupt duck, it's probably a corrupt duck.

    • Corrupt Judge Prosecutor and Everyone in Between

      +1

  • the flying dutchman

    the curtain falls on the theatre of the absurd in charleston. the rich and powerful have different rules than the rest...never forget it.....if you do, events like this will always be a reminder.

  • Wirerowe

    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious