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August 30, 2014

Anniston Trial set for man charged with assaulting former mayor

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Travis Ronacher

Former Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:59 pm | Updated: 2:46 pm, Tue Jun 10, 2014.

A judge on Tuesday set a trial date for an Anniston man arrested last month on charges that he assaulted former mayor Gene Robinson in May.

Travis Ronacher, 29, talked briefly with Calhoun County District Court Judge Chris McIntyre on Tuesday morning.

Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Foster Marshall said by phone after Tuesday’s hearing that Ronacher asked the judge Tuesday for more time to hire an attorney. The case is set for trial July 14 at 9 a.m. Ronacher has entered no plea in the matter, Marshall said.

Ronacher was arrested May 28, charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault. He was released on bond May 30.

The complaint signed by Robinson states that Ronacher on May 8 allegedly shoved Robinson in the chest, causing him to fall backward and “hit his head on the concrete.”

“I’ve never had an experience like that,” Robinson said by phone Tuesday. “I had a concussion. I woke up and thought it was June.”

Robinson declined to comment on what happened, saying the details would come out in the trial. He said that he received a subpoena to appear in court for Ronacher’s hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, an hour after the hearing took place.

“What if we would have had the case today?” Robinson asked.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Ronacher said he’d like to comment on the matter, but declined to do so, citing the upcoming trial and the need to hire an attorney. Ronacher said he rents  a former office building at 1004 Noble Street, next to Robinson’s business, Western Auto.

Robinson served as Anniston’s mayor from 2008 to 2012.

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