Domestic battery hearing postponed for former official

Former Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer’s domestic abuse battery trial was postponed Tuesday for the second time and now will be heard in March.

Grimmer, who was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on May 31 on a count of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery after an altercation with his wife, appeared in Walker Municipal Court for a hearing in the case, but his wife, Janet Grimmer, did not show up.

Grimmer told the court his wife had not been served a subpoena to appear in court and he asked for a continuance.

Judge Todd Caruso said he was hesitant to continue the case because the first hearing on Nov. 5 had been postponed.

But Caruso agreed to delay it one more time to March 18, saying Janet Grimmer may simply be dodging her subpoena if she does not receive it by then.

Mike Grimmer left through a back door of the courthouse and was unavailable for comment after the hearing.

Walker police officers received a call at about midnight May 31 from Janet Grimmer reporting a domestic disturbance at the couple’s home, police have said. Officers found broken items in the house. Janet Grimmer told officers her husband had forcibly removed her from a room, Sharp said.

Mike Grimmer did not deny the accusation and was determined to be the aggressor, police have said.

He was booked and released after posting bail of $500.

Grimmer served two terms as Livingston Parish president beginning in 2004 before losing a bitter November 2011 election battle to Parish President Layton Ricks.

Grimmer won the job in 2003 and ran unopposed in 2007, both times as a Democrat. He ran again as a Republican in 2011 and led Ricks in the first round of voting before losing in the runoff.

Prior to his stint as parish president, Grimmer served as mayor of Walker from 1988 until 2004 after first being appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Albert Pendarvis.