By LeaAnne Klentzman
Stafford police responded to a domestic violence call on Kirkwood in September of 2010 and arrested a woman who had forced her way into a former boyfriend’s apartment. She was arrested for assault.
Michelle Pickens was convicted of Family Violence Assault on May 4, 2011 after deliberating for an hour said Assistant District Attorney Amber Givens. According to authorities, Pickens, a 36-year-old Stafford woman, was charged with attacking her ex-boyfriend in his own home.
On the evening of September 10, 2010, Stafford police responded to a 911 call made by an out-of-state caller at an apartment on Kirkwood. The caller was identified as the victim’s mother, who told police that she had just spoken to her son by phone and learned that Michelle Pickens, his ex-girlfriend, had attacked him at his residence and refused to leave said a District Attorney‘s spokesperson.
When officers arrived at the Kirkwood address, Pickens was reportedly still there. According to Givens, Pickens immediately tried convincing an officer that everything was fine, stating, “No, we don’t have any issues, we were just talking.” However, the subsequent investigation revealed that Pickens had forced her way into the victim’s apartment after he refused to return her phone calls. An argument ensued culminating in the defendant’s assault of the victim. Responding officers reportedly observed bruising and abrasions on the victim’s body.
“After the verdict, the jurors expressed how difficult deliberations were,” said Givens, “admitting that while they disagreed with the law, they honored their oath as jurors to uphold it. I am pleased with their verdict and commend their dedication to the law.”
Pickens was tried in county Court at Law No. 3 before Presiding Judge Susan G. Lowery. Family Violence Assault in this case is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000. The defendant has elected for the judge to determine her sentence at a hearing scheduled for May 31, 2011.
Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorneys Amber Givens and Alex Foley prosecuted the case. Attorneys Drew Prisner and Emily Shelton represented the defendant.