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Lexington man facing charges

DA drops misdemeanors, files felonies


A 59-year-old Lexington man is in the Cleveland County Detention Center in lieu of a $7,500 bond after he was charged with three felonies stemming from the alleged abuse of his wife.

Prosecutors initially charged Thomas R. Vickery with misdemeanor counts of disrupting an emergency telephone call and domestic abuse/assault and battery following his June 16 arrest.

He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with his wife.

However, those charges were dismissed as more details came to light and the district attorney’s office filed the three felonies on July 18.

Those charges are abuse by caretaker, verbal abuse by caretaker and disrupting an emergency telephone call.

In addition to no contact with the victim, Vickery is prohibited from having a weapon.

A preliminary hearing confercnce is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Vickery was determined to be indigent and an attorney was appointed to represent him.

Cleveland County deputies went to Vickery’s home last month after the sheriff’s office received a hang up on a 911 call.

They found Vickery’s wife confined to a bed covered in feces.


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