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Witness comes forward for Wren Williams

On Wednesday, Debra Atwell of Abingdon came forward as a witness to an alleged incident involving Del. Wren Williams and his opponent, Marie March, last Saturday.

In a release from Williams, Atwell testifies that while she was waiting to re-enter the ballroom, she was standing directly behind Marie March in the crowded doorway when Wren Williams passed through.

The following is from Williams’ release:

“[Wren Williams] didn’t bump [Marie March] hard at all. It was just like if you passed someone in the airport and brushed against their shoulder. She didn’t waver at all, or even move.”

“He did not veer to hit her…As soon as they had the shoulder tap, Wren turned around and said, ‘Oh, excuse me, I’m sorry.’ … I didn’t think anything of what had happened until my friend called me and showed me the article in the Roanoke Times.”

“I think these charges are ludicrous. When I saw the Roanoke Times on Monday, I was shocked and appalled and disgusted that Marie March had blown this so far out of proportion – way, way out of proportion. Marie’s response has been ludicrous and crazy.”

“In light of this testimony, I earnestly implore Marie March to drop these baseless charges. I hope that we can all heal as a party from this misunderstanding.”

“I want to thank Debra for her courage and honesty in coming forward to tell her side of the story. Like the security tape of the incident, Ms. Atwell’s account fully vindicates me of any wrongdoing. I firmly believe that the truth will always prevail,” said Williams.

“On the other hand, it is sickening that March has continued to double-down on her lies to police officers that evening, claiming this was ‘Assault and Battery.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. This is truly unhinged behavior. March is putting spectacle over decency, and that is unbecoming of an elected official.”

Wren Williams release

According to the warrant, the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. at a political event at the Wytheville Meeting Center. March told police that Williams slammed into her and pushed her.

Williams was charged with assault and battery and released on a summons. He has said that he accidentally bumped into March at a crowded event as he was leaving and apologized.

March was elected last November as the stated delegated representing the 7th House of Delegates district.

Williams is due to be arraigned in Wythe General District Court on Dec. 15.

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