Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On June 27, 2015 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a local hospital stating that a patient being treated in their facility had been assaulted. Deputy M. File responded and spoke with the victim. She stated she had been assaulted by her boyfriend but she did not want him charged in the matter.
The case was assigned to Detective Sgt. C. Harwell with the Special Victims Unit. Det. Harwell discovered the victim sustained multiple facial fractures well as other injuries due to the assault.
During the course of the assault investigation, the victim obtained a Domestic Violence Protection Order against Weatherford. Within a few hours of service of this protection order, which prohibited Weatherford from having any type of contact with the victim, Weatherford began harassing the victim through text and Facebook Messaging. Detective Harwell also witnessed Weatherford attempting to contact the victim via text messaging.
Detective Harwell obtained a warrant for Weatherford for Felony Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. After reviewing Weatherford’s Criminal History, Harwell discovered he had at least two prior convictions of assault which led Harwell to obtain charges against Weatherford for Felony Habitual Misdemeanor Assault. He was also charged with one count of Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order for violating the “no contact” provision of the order.