will return to FD force, police chief says
Jody S. Chansler, a Fort Dodge police officer who was accused of assaulting his wife during an argument, has been found not guilty one day after a bench trial was held.
The state didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chansler, 41, intentionally hurt his wife during an Aug. 13 argument, which was over a cell phone, Magistrate William Habhab ruled Friday morning.
"I think it's the right outcome and I'm just hoping that Jody
can get back to work and get this behind him as quick as possible."
admitted in court that he
wife for her
phone, and she
handed it over to him.
then testified that he
refused to give the phone back until his
wife revealed who the unknown number on her
phone belonged to.
said at trial that his
wife tried grabbing the phone from him as he
switched it between his
was just grabbing at me, trying to get the phone back," he
said in court Thursday afternoon.
At one point during the early morning hours of Aug. 13, Chansler
began walking to the back door of his
home, saying he
wanted to take the argument outside so the couple's children wouldn't be awakened.
Miller said it was at this point that Chansler
knocked over his wife.
"The evidence shows that Jody Chansler
was going to get through that door regardless of what happened," she
had control over the situation.
did what he
wanted to do."
evidence included testimony from an emergency room nurse who examined Chansler
's wife after the incident and an investigator from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
who interviewed Chansler.
Special Agent Jon Turbett said investigators decided to file charges against Chansler because the defendant could have prevented the entire incident.
took the stand in his
own defense and denied assaulting his
was in between myself and the door," he
lunges at me to get her
phone and got knocked down."
said, their bodies made physical contact and "bumped together."
"I didn't assault her
A 12-year veteran of the Fort Dodge Police Department
has been on paid administrative leave since the charges were filed on Aug. 13.