Domestic battery charge against Grimmer dismissed

Official’s wife fails to appear in court

A domestic abuse battery charge against former Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer was dismissed Tuesday after Grimmer’s wife, for the third time, failed to appear in court for the trial.

Mike Grimmer was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on May 31 on a count of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery after an alleged altercation with his wife, Janet Grimmer, at the couple’s home on Pendarvis Lane.

Walker police have said Mike Grimmer was the aggressor.

Grimmer first appeared in Walker Municipal Court in July and was granted a trial date of Nov. 5, City Prosecutor Michael Cupit said in court Tuesday.

The court then issued subpoenas to Janet Grimmer and the Walker police officers involved in the case.

Continuances were granted in January and March because Janet Grimmer kept failing to appear in court.

Mike Grimmer, dressed Tuesday in a dark gray suit and yellow shirt, walked alone into the Walker Municipal Building for his trial.

Walker Municipal Court’s public defender, Kerry Carpenter, made a motion to have the case dismissed after Janet Grimmer failed to appear in court yet again.

Cupit said he had no objection to the dismissal.

“We’re back where we were several months ago,” Cupit said. “It’s hard to argue that you ought to … keep a case open forever.”

Magistrate Judge Todd Caruso granted the dismissal, noting that officers tried to contact Janet Grimmer six times — three in person, three by telephone — to serve her but were unsuccessful.

“They claim they’ve failed to serve her,” Mike Grimmer said outside the courthouse. “I’ve gone through a lot of expense, and I’ve got this on my record now.”

Janet Grimmer could not be reached for comment Tuesday after the court proceedings.

Walker police officers received a call at about midnight May 31 from Janet Grimmer reporting a domestic disturbance at the couple’s home.

Officers found broken items in the house, and Janet Grimmer told officers her husband had forcibly removed her from a room.

Mike Grimmer was booked and released after posting bail of $500.

Grimmer filed for divorce from his wife in April 2013, saying he had physically separated from her at the time. But a state district judge granted Mike Grimmer’s motion to dismiss the divorce suit about a month later. Court records do not show Grimmer’s reasoning for the dismissal request.

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

Grimmer also served as mayor of Walker from 1988 until 2004 after first being appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Albert Pendarvis.