Roanoke Rapids employee beating trial begins

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 4:38 pm

A Roanoke Rapids man is on trial in connection with the beating of a city employee.

Halifax County Assistant District Attorney Amy Broughton gave her opening statement Monday in the prosecution of William Roundtree, 51, who, police say, physically assaulted Roanoke Rapids Code Enforcement Officer Walter Johnson May 1.

Johnson told police he had gone to Roundtree’s home to enforce the city’s code and was assaulted by Roundtree, who, police say, attacked Johnson with his fists.

Roundtree previously told The Daily Herald the encounter with Johnson was an argument that spun out of control. He said his anger at Johnson stemmed from what he believed was selective enforcement of city code against him.

Roundtree’s attorney Greg Perry is expected to give an opening statement Tuesday before the presentation of evidence begins.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlton Cole is presiding.

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