By CALVIN PYNN and
Ernest Compton was acquitted Monday of the malicious wounding and strangulation of his daughter-in-law last July.
Compton, a 63-year-old former teacher at Pulaski County High School and New River Community College, was accused of attacking and trying to choke his estranged daughter-in-law, Reba Compton, July 22. The incident occurred shortly after Reba and the defendant’s son, Brett, separated.
According to Compton’s testimony, he was working in his tool shop when Reba arrived upset over the recent separation. He claimed that the woman went into a rage, shouting obscenities and demanding the location of her wedding ring.
He said Reba attacked him, throwing tools and chipping one of his front teeth.
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