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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 21, 2024


Independent senatorial candidate and former drug policy advisor to the governor Wayne Chinnery pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated assault and battery charges in connection with a domestic violence incident involving the mother of one of his children.
Chinnery, accompanied by his attorney, Leonard B. Francis Jr., appeared before Territorial Court Judge Ishmael A. Meyers to enter a plea in the case the government has brought against him. Chinnery is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Lori Elskoe, during a July 5 incident near Sapphire Beach Resort where he is said to have punched the woman after she fell to the ground.
Chinnery, who is seeking a seat in the 24th legislature, previously ran in two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns.
He said very little in Thursday proceedings at Territorial Court, and very little was revealed about the case. About three weeks after the incident was first reported, Chinnery was fired by Gov. Charles Turnbull. Chinnery headed the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, which oversees the distribution of federal grant money earmarked for the territory. As drug policy advisor to the governor, Chinnery also had oversight responsibility for the Narcotics Strike Force, which has recently come under federal scrutiny.
Francis requested a trial after he entered a not-guilty plea on Chinnery's behalf. Meyers set dates in Ocotber and November for discovery of evidence and motions that may evolve from the discovery period.

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