12/5/2013 4:13 PM
by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - A general motions hearing was held Thursday for a Beckley police officer charged with domestic battery.
Defendant Bryan Atterson did not appear at the hearing in Raleigh County Magistrate Court. There will be a ruling Friday on a conflict issue of whether the defense attorneys should stay in the case.
Another motions hearing will be held in 45 days and a trial date will be set afterward.
According to a criminal complaint, Bryan Atterson was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and unlawful detention after he allegedly applied a martial arts maneuver on his girlfriend that knocked her to the ground and caused her to hit her head. Atterson then allegedly held her in a choke hold until she almost passed out. The document cited that he admitted to physically restraining her at one point during the confrontation.