Committing crime in court

November 5, 2009
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If you’re going to court for a child custody hearing and you want to present yourself in the best light to the judge, don’t beat up your kid’s mom in the courtroom.



Owen Circuit Judge Frank Nardi overheard a commotion in his courtroom from his office last week and found a man beating up a woman. Mark Winders kicked and stomped on the woman before the judge intervened. They were left alone in the courtroom while Winders’ attorney went to his car to get a file before the hearing. That’s when Winders stood up and started kicking the woman in the torso and face.



After the attack, Winders told Judge Nardi that she deserved the beating.



How stupid can you be to attack the mother of your child in the courthouse before you’re supposed to appear for a child custody hearing? If the guy was there to fight for custody of his kid, it’s safe to say he lost.



Now he’s facing misdemeanor domestic battery and drug possession charges. There’s a chance the battery charge could increase to a felony, depending on how serious the woman’s injuries are.



How stupid can you be to attack the mother of your child in the courthouse before you’re supposed to appear for a child custody hearing? If the guy was there to fight for custody of his kid or paint himself as the more-fit parent, let’s hope it’s safe to say he lost.



Judge Nardi won’t be hearing the criminal case because of his involvement in breaking up the attack. Special Judge, G. Thomas Gray of Morgan Superior Court has been appointed. Circuit Court officials said they couldn’t tell me about the child custody case because it was a juvenile case; a search on Odyssey doesn’t turn up the case. I’d assume that Judge Nardi would recuse himself from that case and a special judge would be appointed.

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