Spanish Fort mayor accused of slapping city employee found not guilty

Baldwin County

UPDATE (3:29 PM) — McMillan was found not guilty.

The judge said he had to rely on testimonies of all parties involved, saying the evidence is “contradictory.”

Due to the nature of the evidence, he said he can’t determine without a reasonable doubt that he is guilty. 

UPDATE ( 2:48 PM) — Mayor McMillan testified he thought the desktop computer screen was a touchscreen the afternoon in question.

He said he, Cooper, and the receptionist were all laughing. He continued that he talks with his hands all the time. “I’m an idiot on I.T.,” he said he commented to them when the alleged slap occurred. He testified he didn’t see any change of expression on Cooper’s face after the alleged incident. 

“No, I did not strike her,” said McMillan.

UPDATE (12:49 PM) — Trial is set to proceed at 2 PM after a lunch break.

UPDATE (11:51 AM) — Former police chief, David Edgar, testified that the mayor called him after the alleged incident for an unrelated question. While on the call, Chief Edgar testifies McMillan asked if he had heard anything around city hall that afternoon. He remembers McMillan saying, “I had a blowup.”

UPDATE (11:31 AM) — Lyndsey Cooper has been on stand for a little over an hour.

He says, so far she’s been discussing the video and what allegedly happened on October 1st 2019 inside city hall. McMillan’s team is pushing the issue that another employee, Carol Caldwell, was also present but did not remember seeing the alleged slap.

Cooper states she was on the other side and says she wasn’t looking their way when it happened. They’re also pushing the issue that she waited until Thursday, October 3rd to inform her supervisor, city clerk, Mary Lynn Williams in which she was out of the office on the 1st and 2nd.

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan will be back in a Bay Minette courtroom Friday morning following an alleged incident inside city hall last October.

McMillan is accused of slapping an employee, former city magistrate Lyndsey Cooper, in the face. Surveillance video surfaced online showing what appeared to be Mayor McMillan and Cooper at the front desk inside city hall before the alleged incident took place.

McMillan was recently re-elected as mayor when he defeated Rebecca Cornelius by a vote of 587 to 423. He has served as mayor since 2012.

WKRG News 5’s Blake Brown will be in the courtroom tomorrow morning and will provide updates on air and online throughout the morning.

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