CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Cheatham County man spent a mandatory 12 hours in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
It all began earlier this month when Charlie Green was charged with assaulting his soon-to-be ex-wife after she made a call to 911.
In that call, Green’s estranged wife Kaitlyn told the dispatcher that he and his new girlfriend showed up unannounced. When asked if they physically attacked her, she responds by saying, “Yes, they did, my husband and his new girlfriend.”
Deputies arrived to investigate, and the 26-year-old victim reportedly had marks on her arm and neck.
After gathering statements from others at the home who claim they witnessed the attack, Green was arrested and spent 12 hours in jail.
Upon his release, the father-of-two pleaded his case to Sheriff Mike Breedlove, insisting he was innocent and that he had proof. That’s when the sheriff began investigating.
“I hear that every day. There was something different about this gentleman. He was adamant and he practically begged, ‘Please look at the surveillance video,'” Breedlove told News 2.
According to the sheriff, at the very time Green was allegedly assaulting his soon-to-be ex, he was actually at Walmart in Ashland City and there is surveillance video to prove it, as well as receipts with time-stamps.
After leaving Walmart, Green went to a nearby laundromat.
“Physically, there was no way,” Breedlove said. “He was at two different locations – businesses and had surveillance to back it all up. It was all a fabrication. It truly was an innocent man who had to sit 12 hours in jail.”
Detectives then brought Kaitlyn Green and her witnesses in for questioning, which is when Breedlove determined they fabricated the story.
News 2 spoke with Green on Monday and she told News 2 she did it to protect her two kids.
“Whenever we split, he threatened to take my kids and I felt like if I could keep him away from me and keep him away from my children, he wouldn’t be able to hurt me or my kids,” she explained.
She added she knows what she did was not the best plan of action and she said she won’t do it again.
Green and her two friends have since been filed with filing a false report, while Charlie Green’s domestic violence charges were dropped.
“I really appreciate all his hard work and what he did for me,” Charlie Green said.