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Accusations of drunken, jealous assaults that spurred Riverside councilman to resign ‘headed towards trial’

By in Press Enterprise on February 8, 2018

By Brian Rokos

The 2017 assault case involving a Riverside city councilman who resigned amid the allegations that he choked a woman in a drunken, jealous rage in Arizona appears headed to a trial.

John Powell Burnard was indicted by the Mohave County Grand Jury on July 6, 2017, on two undisclosed counts after his arrest three days earlier in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on suspicion of two felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor disorderly-conduct charge.

Burnard has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Riverside Ward 7 Councilman John Burnard was arrested July 3, 2017, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (Courtesy of Lake Havasu City Police Department)

Minutes from a Jan. 2 hearing in Mohave County Superior Court show that Burnard’s attorney, Stephen Glazer, “advises that this matter is headed towards trial; and requests the court set an additional status conference.” Glazer and Burnard appeared in court via telephone.

The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

The Lake Havasu City police report said witnesses saw Burnard choking two women; their names were redacted. Burnard is married.

One of the women had been at BJ’s Tavern with Burnard, where they argued after she hugged an acquaintance, the report stated. The woman “became angry with John over jealousy issues” and left the bar alone, then called him to pick her up from a bank a few blocks away, the report stated.

An Uber driver took Burnard and another person to get the woman. After they arrived at a residence in the 1700 block of Fairchild Bay, he choked her on the doorstep until she blacked out, the report stated.

Another woman who was there tried to separate them, and Burnard put his hands around her neck and pinned her against a wall, according to the report. One of the women later went to a hospital, where a nurse examined her […]    

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