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. Anonymous

    February 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    You people are complete idiots. You believe everything the media tells you. Do you not have enough common sense to know the news makes EVERYTHING sound worse than it actually is? So he has assault and battery on his record? Who cares? Have you people NEVER been in a fight when you were younger? All it takes is a simple fight and if someone calls the cops its automatic a&b. You people act like you were there when it happened. Unless you were, you have no clue what ACTUALLY happened. And even if he was violent when he was younger, thats explains 90 percent of young men. People can change, and he has. Especially since he became a daddy. Whether you want to believe it or not, he is NOT GUILTY! Congrats Brett!! You can finally put all that b.s. behind you.

    • Jennifer S

      February 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

      How young are you going back to and talking about getting in fights with people? He was obviously 18 or older for any to show online as they protect juveniles from that information being open to the public. I know many people that do not have assault and battery charges against them ever and we are all well into our 40’s! Your first problem is you apparently think it is ok to fight people, you did say a simple fight. In my opinion, no fight is simple and it should never happen! Hopefully you are lucky and his anger and aggressions are not taken out on you! It does bother me that I do not know anything about these people and everyone wants to keep bringing the wife into the story. This had nothing to do with the wife, it had to do with the assault of a police officer! The police may have been there because of a previous situation but read the article, he assaulted a police officer in front of other officers! Then you say he is not guilty because 12 people in Pulaski said he wasn’t…yes that is the court system and how it works but it does not mean in the eyes of God he is not guilty! Seriously how many people in Pulaski can you find that likes police officers when with the type of crime and issues we have in the county? They were probably cheering for him for assaulting an officer.

    • wonder

      February 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      One could add that unless you were there you have no idea what happened either.

  2. Anonymous

    February 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Haha my first problem?… no problems here. Apparently YOUR first problem is you are unrealistic and think you live in some fantasy world. And no, fighting is not okay. But once again I don’t know what happens in your fantasy world because I sure don’t live in it, but here in the real world teenage boys fight constantly. Not that it is right by any means, but it happens everyday. He was just one of the unfortunate ones to get the law called. And as for assaulting the police officer goes, it obviously didn’t happen the way the media said because if it did, he wouldn’t have been found NOT GUILTY.

  3. E.W. Harless

    February 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Guess we will see in April. I still say it was a setup from the start.

    • Facts

      February 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

      You will be very surprise come April. And your right, it was a set up from the start. But not the way you are thinking. Still praying for the TRUTH to finally come out on these sick minded people.

    • Seriously

      February 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Are you listening to yourself correctly? He was obviously not a teenager when he got in trouble multiple times. Would you like to know that he has three assault and batteries so it looks like this fella never learned his lesson. He also has a lot of other charges and convictions. Just look it up like I did before you think it’s okay to get in little boy fights. As for assaulting the police officer, just bc a jury found him not guilty doesn’t mean he didn’t do the crime. Look at our world today on how many bad people get away with everything. It’s not fair but it happens. I think you need to stop before u get a little too far ahead of yourself.

  4. Anonymous

    February 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    You also apparently like to twist peoples words around. I said most teenage boys fight… not get assault and battery charges on them. Read closely before you try to argue and make no sense of yourself.

  5. Gary

    February 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Ahhh the Compton family… Ooo how someone needs to finally take away their pride.

  6. Anonymous

    February 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Nice try in the argument, but NOT GUILTY speaks for itself. Once again, nice try though. You have no clue on any of the situation other than what the media says. So good try but no point proven.

    • JE

      February 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      GUILTY… and I know the situation. NICE TRY Anonymous on trying to get people to believe you. Your arguement stands no CHANCE.

  7. Anonymous

    February 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    And apparently your the one not listening to yourself or me, because I said I do NOT think it is okay to fight but it happens all day to good people whether they want to fight or not. And his past is irrelevant in this case. Because he was found not guilty in this one. And you know as well as I do that in this country you are guilty until proven innocent, not the way it is supposed to be but that’s the way it is. If you can’t agree with that, you are lying to yourself as well as everyone else. And as serious as they take assaulting police officers, he was still found not guilty on all charges so it obviously did NOT happen.

  8. myself

    February 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    nobody knows what took place so dont judge this man .as far as the police i know first hand that they tell things that are not true most of the time who do they believe.the police we all have made mistakes. and yes any more they look up your juvenile records.ever who said they didnt has not been to court for any reason.when the police becomes judge and jury for my life i hope there will be 12 people out there to hear my side, someone who has been in the wrongfully accused. just be thankful the child wasnt hurt by either the dad or the police

    • wonder

      February 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      A mistake is forgetting your wallet. Physically abuisng someone is not a mistake,it is a crime.

  9. insane

    February 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    i am glad for you man. anybody can be charged for a&b, an dont even have to be around. i was in jail and charges was taken out on me. so good luck and hang in there the truth will come out,anybody that knows you knows the truth already.

  10. insane

    February 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    not the same person just same computer thank you sorry i have to use someone eleses we all are not luck enough to have our own thank you for your judgement just goes to show how people are judged may god bless your staff. and keep up your good work

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