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Lawyer avoids conviction on most charges

Accused of assault, breaking bond by trespassing and a handful of traffic violations, an Abingdon lawyer came away from court with only a speeding conviction.

Berry L. Conway faced charges over a series of incidents that occurred in June. He was arrested three times over the course two weeks, accused of being drunk in public, threatening a couple and later urinating in their yard.

On Wednesday, Conway appeared before Substitute Washington County General District Judge Gino Williams.

The judge berated Conway for the actions described by witnesses and twice threatened to charge him with contempt for laughing and talking during the testimony of others, the Bristol Herald Courier reports.

Conway testified that he never threatened to hurt anyone, and denied urinating on the accuser’s lawn. Williams ultimately found that the evidence did not support the assault and bond violation charges.

Williams also dismissed all but one of the traffic charges pending against Conway – driving 45 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone.

Conway must return to court at a later date to fight the drunk-in-public charge.

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