Charges Cottonwood mayor faced in son’s shooting dismissed

Cottonwood mayor James Coachman was facing assault charges in the shooting of his son.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 7:00 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The assault charge Cottonwood, Alabama’s mayor faced in the shooting of his son has been dismissed.

Houston County Circuit Judge Todd Derrick ruled there is overwhelming evidence that Mayor James Coachman’s actions were justified.

His attorneys argued Tuesday that the mayor feared for his life during a confrontation with his adult child who threatened him with a set of hole diggers last year.

Mayor Coachman would have been removed from office had he been convicted.

Dothan attorneys Benjamin Freeman and Gregory B. “Scooter” McCain represent Coachman.

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