Rep. Doug McLeod (photo) of Mississippi was arrested in May 2019 for a domestic violence crime
Newly released bodycam recordings show the wife of Mississippi Rep. Doug McLeod walking out of their house with a bloody face after beating her while he was drunk, the authorities said.
They say the violent outburst between McLeod, 59, and Michele McLeod, 59, started because she wasn’t undressing fast enough for sex.
Image material obtained by the Sun Herald shows a distraught Michele standing by an assistant sheriff and explains that ‘anything can lead’ to McLeod when he is drunk.
She initially told the authorities that McLeod “just broke” and that a friend called 911 after the scary ordeal began.
An assistant sheriff said Michele had blood on both her face and her hands.
Local police officers did not respond to the house until after Michele’s friend, Magen Merrill, on May 18, 2019, around 8:51 pm, called 911 from the upstairs bedroom in Lucedale.
Merrill said: “My girlfriend has just been hit in the nose by her husband and her nose is bleeding.”
“Like, he’s drunk now and we need someone now because he has weapons here too, so please hurry up.”
Merrill would later testify that Michele had run into the upstairs bedroom while covering her bloody face with her hands.
She said Michele claimed that McLeod had been drinking wine for hours and became physically violent because she wasn’t prepared for sex fast enough.
The women then closed the bedroom door and called 911.
“He’s very drunk. He just came running. Please hurry up, “Merrill said, and he hears the senders that they must” hurry “five times.
She called dispatchers a second time to confirm that they are on their way, because she is afraid that they can be shot with a firearm.
Authorities arrived at the Mississippi home of Michele McLeod (left) and Doug McLeod (right) after a family friend called a domestic violence situation in May
Merrill told the authorities that the couple had an undisclosed amount of firearms in the house and was worried about what McLeod would do in his state.
“He’s banging downstairs and I don’t want to be shot through the door,” she said.
When delegates arrived on the spot, they met a drunken McLeod at the front door of the Bexely Road residence with a glass of wine.
Deputy Robert Karg confronts McLeod about the 911 call, to which the legislator answers “what are you talking about?” and “are you kidding me?”
When McLeod enters his house again, Karg tells the dispatcher that the man is a “pretty serious 31”, police code for drunk, and can hear him yelling at someone in the house.
Karg said, “He’s in there hollerin to someone but I can’t see him … I can hear him knocking on a door or window or something.”
At the time, the delegates said McLeod was so drunk that his speech was unclear and he had difficulty balancing.
Delegates say they first encountered a stunned McLeod (photo) at the couple’s house with a wine glass and clouded his speech
A coordinator then calls Merrill to tell her that delegates are outside the home and that the couple is free to come down. But the woman says that McLeod is outside the bedroom door.
“We can’t have him at the door,” Merrill said scared.
Michele finally agrees to come down and out of the house to meet delegates as long as they have [McLeod]. ”
“Hold him, hold him so we can go down,” Merrill said.
A judge found McLeod (photo) not guilty of domestic violence after Michele testified in her husband’s defense
As soon as Michele left the house, bodycam images record her hysterical crying and the clear fear in her voice.
She would later testify that she was also upset because she was a private person and had to leave her house with her pajamas.
The Sun Herald reports that blood was visible around Michele’s nose, mouth and on her hands. At that moment the bleeding had stopped from her nose.
“She hit the nose pretty hard. I don’t think anything is broken, but I still want her to be checked out, “Karg tells a coordinator.
Michele tells authorities that McLeod was drunk and that he gets angry when he has had too much alcohol.
She said: ‘Everything can cause him to become that way. He lost it. That’s how he gets when he drinks too much. ”
One of the things she mentions is that McLeod believes she spends too much time working.
After delegates have escorted the women back to the house, they discover blood stains in the upstairs bedroom where the incident would have occurred. Stains were found on the main bed and the floor.
They also saw a bottle of wine on the counter in a separate room.
Delegates said they found blood in the McLeod’s bedroom and on the couple’s bed
A wine bottle sitting on the counter of the McLeod can be seen on camera images from that night
McLeod was quickly arrested and taken to a local prison.
Karg warns his colleagues that McLeod is on the way “in case you have to make different arrangements for him at cell level”.
Following the violent incident, Judge Bullock found McLeod not guilty of domestic violence after Michele testified in her husband’s defense.
Michele said her husband was in a “state of delirium” because he mixed wine with Ibuprofen.
She testified that she was changing to yoga pants when her husband called her name, losing her balance and accidentally touching her face as one of McLeod’s limbs.
“I was never attacked. My husband did not hit anyone in the 40 years that I have known him, “she said in court.
Although Bullock admitted that such a case could occur, evidence and 911 calls from that night indicate that Michele is scared.
“Mrs. Mr. McLeod was afraid of Mr. McLeod. She was afraid of him, “Bullock said.
Magen Merrill (photo), a friend of Michele’s, was in the house at the time of the incident and called 911 twice
Several legislators insisted that McLeod resign from his leadership position over the counties of George and Stone – a position he had held since 2012.
McLeod, however, continued to compete in the local elections in August 2019 and won, allowing him to maintain his position.
House speaker Philip Gunn, who urged McLeod to resign, has limited his power by appointing him only one of the 33 sears in the House Ways and Means Committee.
Gunn did not appoint him to another committee or delegate him to a leading role.
“As you know, I have called on him more than once to resign,” Gunn told Sun Herald.
“When this happened, I told him that this had all happened and that you should consider resigning. You have to deal with your family. “
Even now, Gunn said McLeod’s actions cast poor reflection on Mississippi government operations.
The married legislator has three children and runs a car tire company in Lucedale, Mississippi, represents the provinces of George and Stone since 2012 and this year is not voted for re-election
“This entire episode was a poor reflection on him, his family, and his capacity as a legislator, and that reflects on the entire state of Mississippi,” he said. “That’s why we take it seriously.”
Due to the outcome of the criminal case, Gunn cannot do anything to exclude McLeod from participating in local politics.
Gunn said: “Well, he didn’t break the house rules. There is nothing in the constitution that he has violated, leaving only the third option, which is a violation of a statute, which is what he was accused of.
“The legal staff pointed out the rules to me, because they currently exist do not offer the possibility to act.
“I don’t know if it was ever thought that such a situation would occur.”
McLeod is currently married and has three children and was once owned by McLeod Tire Company.