Body camera footage from domestic violence case lands Waveland man prison time

George Trotter
George Trotter

A Waveland man is back in jail Thursday following a domestic violence arrest that revoked his post-release supervision, District Attorney Joel Smith said in a release.

George Trotter, 28, of Waveland, was sentenced in August 2016 to two consecutive five-year sentences for felony driving under the influence and felony fleeing. At the time, he was facing 10 years with six suspended and four to serve, followed by three years of post-release supervision.

He received early release on Aug. 14, 2017, according to MDOC records.

The revocation stems from a domestic violence charge Feb. 4. His court date on the aggravated assault, domestic violence is April 5.

Despite the victim’s attempt to recant her complaint of assault on the morning of Trotter’s revocation hearing, Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel said, Waveland police provided body camera video evidence that showed the victim had injuries to her face and neck. The injuries supported the original complaint, Daniel said, “where (the victim) was found emotional and in a state of partial undress by officers.”

Daniel said Waveland police originally responded to Trotter’s mother’s home after receiving an anonymous call regarding a possible disturbance.

Witnesses at the hearing said Trotter and the victim had been at a casino on the night of the domestic violence accusation and had returned to the home, Daniel said.

“The physical evidence supported the victim’s original complaint of domestic violence,” Daniel said.

The domestic violence arrest occurred after he was released from his original prison sentence. Trotter will receive credit for time previously served.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs