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. Jennifer

    February 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Wow and they wonder why we have so many issues in this county. This same person shows on the court case site as having an assault and battery charge prior to this and was guilty so we keep letting these people with obvious anger issues free. If he was so concerned about his child’s safety, why would he try to hurt the police officer holding his child. That is putting the child in danger as well! Then the police officer stated that he grabbed her throat and pushed her down the hall. At what point do you not realize this is excessive to grab someone’s throat and push them down a hall?!? They had to taser him so other police were there to witness this as well. Then the father is up with strangulation charges…seems to run in the family to like to choke people. I pray that because of this decision this poor child doesn’t get seriously injured by this violent family. In other recent news in our county we know what can happen to a small child and someone that is angry.

    • Will

      February 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      The article also states that he disagreed about the assault. That means it’s the officer’s word against his. The jury agreed with him. Not having all the facts, how can you say this person has anger issues when a jury says otherwise? Did you see the entire case that was presented? Sounds like you jumped the gun.

  2. No name

    February 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Unless you were there then you should assume guilt. This man went to court with 12 of our citizens and after testimonies seems they found him not guilty. Issues today also seem that we presume those are guilty prior to being charged. Take a second and realize not everything you read is true and all those arrested should be innocent until proven guilty. Remember that.

  3. E.W. Harless

    February 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I know this young man and his family. They are good people but good people can’t be pushed but so far before they push back. I just hope the father gets justice too. From what I have read it looks like this whole thing was a setup from the start by someone wanting to get even because they didn’t get their way about something. It is a shame the young man was in jail so long. To the whole family I say good luck and pay no attention to what these cry babies write. The person that wrote the other comment seems to have the anger problem. NOT GUILTY IT IS OVER

    • Jeffery Harvey

      February 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

      From what I have read it looks like this whole thing was a setup from the start by someone wanting to get even because they didn’t get their way about something.

      …Your right it was a set up because the Comptons did not get their way so they took it upon themselves to be violent if you could remeber correctly when the story first came out. If you would like to know the facts leading up to this event, feel free to attend the trial in April. It should be surprisingly interesting espically to those who has a positive opinion of the Comptons.

  4. A Father

    February 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    His peers set him free, the child was in no immediate danger and should have been handed to the father. Not saying the det. holding the child was in the wrong but the child did not know her and was obviously scared. If she hands the child to him the child calms down and the whole situation regarding this gentleman and the detective. is not an issue IMO.

  5. waitingonthetruth

    February 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    The jury heard the facts and Mr. Compton was cleared. Yes our county has a multitude of problems but some of them are aslo exaggerated for both publicity and money reasons. I’m a parent of 3 and I can assure you if I entered my home and my child was crying and in the arms of someone I did not know, I would have behaved the same way. There would be no way for a parent to be calm and composed in a situation like this. The sad part is, we as taxpayers had to support a person in jail for months when he was a hard working tax paying man that didn’t deserve to be there! Maybe those that accused him should be responsible for repaying the county approximately 125 dollars per day for the time served! It is time our officials focused on the real problems which are draining the life from our town..drugs, welfare fraud and theft. That would be a great place to start.

  6. Youwerenttheresodontjudge

    February 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Clearly the story that was given the first time wasnt true. He is a great dad and you should keep your thoughts to urself unless you were there. He was found NOT GUILTY.

  7. Heather

    February 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    The police officer was not in uniform, and as far as he was concerned some woman was hurting his child.

    • Charlie

      February 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      So he had to put his hands around her neck and choke her down a hallway? Uniform or not. Nope that’s no danger there. And did you ever stop and think the reason the woman police officer had to take the baby was because the baby was already in danger. This Rodura lady obviously didn’t have him so that should tell you right there. Seems like the woman police officer was on her way out with the child trying to leave the scene and that’s when she was attacked. AGAIN, PEOPLE STOP AND THINK. This family was clearly up to no good.

  8. Anonymous

    February 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    With this insane family its all about money. They will buy their way out of anything. Shameful! If people knew the real truth which they will come april everyone who has stood behind them are going to feel like dummies!

  9. Rhonda

    February 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    This is an outrage. Assault on a police officer child endangerment was these jurors based because his father is a teacher in pulaski schools or his lawyer is the son of a judge.Wow justice is blind.

  10. Ryan

    February 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    This man has a history of violence every time he gets upset. He physically abuses anyone he wants to and constantly gets away with it. He attacked a female police officer in front of other police officers and mysteriously got away with it. I guess its true, money can buy freedom. We all know what has just recently happened in this county with the Cole case so we should not take our chances of this happening again in our community. Father like son, next court date is for the father for even more severe violent charges. Clearly this family has anger issues and the money to buy themselves out of anything. Hopefully Ernest Compton’s case will not be taking as lightly by the jury as his sons case was. Praying for a better outcome on April 21st.

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