More of the old "Do as I say, not as I do" from our government masters.
Tempe assistant prosecutor, boyfriend held in assaulting each other
By Cecilia Chan The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:08 PM
A Tempe assistant city prosecutor and her live-in boyfriend were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assaulting each other, according to Tempe police.
Kathy Matz and Keith Walls were arrested late Wednesday night at the Tempe home they shared and transported to the city jail, according to a police report. Both had been drinking, police said.
Each posted a $500 bail Thursday, police spokesman Michael Pooley said.
Police arrived at the home at about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday after Matz called 911.
According to the report, Walls and Matz were on the bed, watching television when he asked Matz to move over. When he returned from the bathroom, she still had not moved and as he laid down in bed, she told him to get out and sleep on the couch, the report said.
Walls told police he refused and when he sat up in bed, Matz punched him in the back of his head.
They both got out of bed and Matz began shouting obscenities and swinging her closed fists at him, hitting him in the eye and kneeing him in the groin, he said.
Walls said he then threw water on Matz from a cup before he walked out of the room and proceeded to pack his clothes.
Matz told police that Walls was upset with her being on his side of the bed and he began to push her off the bed causing her to fall to the floor.
The report said Matz told police that Walls also threatened to shoot her with her gun that she kept under her side of the bed. She then pushed Walls away from her and he picked up a plastic cup of water and threw it at her, hitting her in the eye, the report said.
Police found no visible injuries on Matz when they arrived, but doctors found a bruise on the back of her head that she claimed was from hitting the headboard when she was being assaulted by Walls, according to the report. Doctors were unable to determine when she received the contusion and she never told officers on scene about the injury, police
Matz also complained that Walls gave her two bruises to her left wrist when he grabbed her. But police said they were unable to determine when she received the injuries and she did not tell officers on scene about the bruises.
Walls had a small bruise under his right eye, according to the report.
Matz will be placed on paid administrative leave while the matter is reviewed under the city’s Personnel Rules and Regulations, according to the city spokeswoman Nikki Ripley.
Her case will be transferred to a different jurisdiction in Maricopa County, she said.
Matz has worked for the city since 1998 in a number of roles, including city clerk and assistant to former Mayor Neil Giuliano, Ripley said. Her current salary is $115,045 and she is one of seven prosecutors on the city staff.
Both Walls and Matz told police they would not aid in the prosecution. Walls told police that he just wanted the relationship to be over.
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