Jones County Sheriff: Domestic assault victim lies to protect attacker

Jones County Sheriff: Domestic assault victim lies to protect attacker
Karen Buffington
Karen Buffington

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - On Monday, Karen Buffington, 31 of Laurel called central dispatch with a complaint of a domestic disturbance.

When Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on the scene the suspect, Allan Maddox, 33 of Laurel, had fled the residence.

Buffington told deputies she had been beaten and choked and there were visible signs that an altercation had taken place. Buffington was transported by ambulance to a local ER for observation.

On Tuesday, a tip was called in to central dispatch as to the possible location of Maddox.

Deputies went to a residence on Palmer Road in Laurel where they found Buffington. Deputies asked Buffington if Maddox was on the premises and she stated, "No."

During the on-site investigation Buffington was asked again if Maddox was at the residence she then said, "I'm not going to lie, I don't want to go to jail, but he's inside."

Deputies entered the residence and took Maddox into custody where they found children inside and also discovered marijuana and paraphernalia on the scene.

"The falsifying of the suspects whereabouts is a serious issue. The situation could have put our deputies in harm's way. Our team comes onto a scene to restore safety, being given false information creates more chaos and potentially destructive outcomes," said Sheriff Alex Hodge.

Maddox was arrested on the scene and charged with felony domestic violence, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. His bond was set for $5,500.00 ($500 was for a previous charge, not related to this case).

As a result of the investigation, Buffington was taken into custody on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 and charged with a misdemeanor of false information.