Man cleared in domestic disturbance case



A Pulaski County jury deliberated for less than an hour Monday before acquitting a Radford man of assaulting police and endangering his child during a July domestic disturbance call.

Brett Compton, 29, was charged with felony assault, child endangerment and obstruction of justice in connection with an incident that occurred at his father’s house off Viscoe Road in Fairlawn July 23. Police were there to arrest Compton’s father, Ernest, for allegedly assaulting Brett’s estranged wife.

Police said Compton cursed an officer who stopped him from entering the residence when he arrived on the scene.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Det. Tracy Smith testified that she was holding Compton’s 22-month-old son when Compton grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down the hall as she held the baby.

Compton and his mother, Rodura, disagreed that Compton assaulted Smith. They said he was reaching for his son, who was screaming for him amidst the chaos.


Officers subdued Compton with a Taser gun during the incident, which Smith said occurred in the span of a few seconds.

Compton agreed with officer testimony that he was upset, but he said it was because he was scared for his son. He said fear for his son’s safety was prominent on his mind.

“I kept going towards the house because I could hear my son crying,” he told the jury. “I did what any parent would do.”

Defense attorney Jimmy Turk argued that his client was only acting on fatherly instinct throughout the turmoil of the incident.

“It’s about a child reaching for his dad, and a dad reaching for his child,” said Turk. “There is nothing here that suggests anything other than that he loves his son to death.”

Compton had been held at New River Valley Regional Jail since his arrest.

Ernest Compton is to be tried by jury April 21 on charges of malicious wounding, abduction and strangulation.



66 Responses to Man cleared in domestic disturbance case

  1. chicka

    February 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    go to jail already, it’s the best thing for the community

    • honestly

      February 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm


    • Terry

      February 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Agree 110% The male police officers had to taser Compton to get him off a woman police officer…hmmm while holding his child that he was supposedly just reaching for. Not buying his story.

  2. Anonymous

    February 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    JE… I know the situation as well. And the verdict supports that. So guilty?? Obviously not, trial is over with a NOT GUILTY verdict haha so my argument doesn’t have to stand a chance with you because its over haha. NOT GUILTY once again.

    • JE

      February 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Glad you think this situation is funny…do us all a favor and grow up. This man is no good, Good Luck

      • Anonymous

        February 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

        JE. . I definitely do not think its funny that he had to spend so much time in jail, lost several months of his life for no reason. So no I don’t think its funny at all. Maybe u should think about growing up yourself and realize the truth was proven in the court room. Good luck to you as well.

        • your not Anonymous!

          February 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          The time he spent in jail is nothing to what he should have gotten! The only thing proven in the court room is that money can buy your freedom. His little group of friends were bragging months before the court date about how he was gonna get off without any convictions and how stupid the court system was for listing the names of the jurors 3 months prior to the court date. I think Mr Comptons future will be in a state prison one day we just all have to be patient. He will get caught one day and wont have the money to buy his way out of trouble. Maybe he can be cell mates with his father!!

        • JE

          February 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

          Still supporting this man? Don’t you have anything else better to do? 7 months in jail is nothing for the crime HE DID in fact do. With all your haha’s you posted , you did think it was funny. You know, supporting the guilty won’t do you any good in the future. Like I said before, good luck with this man. YOUR GONNA NEED IT.

  3. The truth will set you free

    February 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    As someone who was in the courtroom when this case was heard, you should know that the police officer’s all had different versions of what happened in the Comptom’s home. How could the jury find anything but NOT GUILTY?

  4. jhm

    February 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Shame on you people! SWT you’d be better off not allowing comments on such reporting. Just like Roanoke Times should not have published photo of a “mother” standing at her baby’s coffin. That should not have been published. Baby Cory desired better!


      February 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      i agree that pic was a definite no no but im sure the family gave permission i had never saw this ever before it really made me sick but now as this case starts it kinda makes you think the motive behind this why the family allowed that to happen roanoke times shouldnt of but the family allowed it so who do u blame

    • oopsidaisy

      February 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I must disagree. SWT is one of the few papers still allowing posters that aren’t Facebook users. I think that is wonderful we have our freedom of speech in this forum (unless the language is too vulgar of course and they cannot allow the post).

      Concerning the photo of Cory’s mother at the coffin, I see no problem. SHE allowed reporters in there as well as the general public, so she was obviously fine with the press coverage.

  5. your not Anonymous!

    February 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Anonymous…. hasnt he ditched you already!!

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