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Sentencing Postponed This Morning

Last updated on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(BEDFORD) - The sentencing of Clarence Smith, of Bedford, was postponed this morning.

Defense Attorney Scott Callahan asked for a continuance and Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins granted the request.

Smith was found guilty by a Lawrence County jury of resisting law enforcement.

A new date will be set later this afternoon.

Smith was arrested in 2010 when he went to the Bedford Police Department to file a complaint against his former son-in-law and BPD Sgt. Greg Hagan.

According to testimony, it was the third time Smith had went to the department to complain about Hagan. BPD Assistant Chief Joe DeWees talked to Smith and told him he didn't believe Hagan had harassed him, but he could fill out a complaint form.

But Smith wanted to talk to Chief Dennis Parsley. DeWees told him he wasn't going to see the chief and would have to leave or he was going to be arrested.

DeWees says Smith then pushed him, knocking him down in an attempt to go up the stairs to Parsley's office. However Smith testified that he fell and grabbed DeWees as he was falling.

After the incident, DeWees and two others scuffled with Smith to get him in handcuffs.

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