RONDA — On Friday, the assault and battery case filed by Ronda Town Commissioner Manuel Wood against Mayor Victor Varela was continued to April.
On Dec. 26, 2016, Varela was served with a summons to appear in court on assault and battery charges after an alleged altercation on Dec. 23 on Wood’s property. According to the summons issued by Chief Magistrate Scott Groce Wood, it was alleged that Varela “grabbed [Wood] by the throat and pulled out a knife.”
In a January interview, Varela purported that it was Wood who pulled a knife. “We got into each other’s faces. We grabbed each other. I didn’t strike him, he didn’t strike me. It was pretty mutual,” explained Varela, stating that it was when Wood unsheathed a knife during the altercation that Varela backed away.
Wood declined to comment on the incident until the case is settled explaining the March 3 court date was continued until April 21. “The quicker it’s done the better,” asserted Wood. “I think it’ll go my way.”
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