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OGDEN – An Ogden man accused of assaulting his son for refusing to go on a church mission now claims he acted in self-defence and in fear for his life.
Defense attorney Randall Richards said in a court document that his client, Scott Keith Warner, “believes he feared for his safety and possibly his life and therefore was justified in using methods of self-defense to try to control and keep (his son) out of it.
Warner, 51, is charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child, both third-degree felonies, during the fight at his home on August 21, 2020.
According to Ogden Police Department charging documents, the 18-year-old son reported that he and Warner had a falling out after he said he would not go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Saints. Last days.
He said Warner grabbed him by the arm and they started fighting. According to the arrest affidavit, the son reported that “he was thrown to the ground and Scott proceeded to bang the victim’s head against the wall repeatedly and squeeze the victim’s neck with both hands. “.
Warner told police he tried to forcibly eject his son from the house “because it was his house,” according to the affidavit. He said he grabbed his son “everywhere I could” in his effort to push him out of the house. He also said the son hit him first.
Warner was due to go on trial next month, but 2nd District Judge Cristina Ortega canceled the proceedings after Richards filed a motion on April 28 asking that the case be dismissed. The motion fleshed out Warner’s claim that he was the victim.
The motion said the father and son were sitting on a bed talking about the mission when the son allegedly became “very angry and defiant”. The motion alleged that the son got up, Warner got up, and the son “started coming towards” Warner.
Warner, according to the defense motion, “asked (the son) to leave the house.” The son allegedly attacked Warner, according to the motion, punching him in the chest with both hands and throwing him into a dresser. A close fight began, according to the motion.
“Warner feared for his safety and feared he would be seriously injured,” the motion reads. “He then grabbed (the son’s) arms trying to protect himself. He saw that (the son) was attacking him and wanted to hurt (Warner).
The Weber County District Attorney’s Office has yet to respond to the request and no new trial has been scheduled. Pending trial, Warner is free under pretrial supervision.