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Doyline mayor accused of abusing his wife resigns

ARRESTED: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) ARRESTED: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)
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    Doyline mayor accused of abusing his wife

    Monday, January 16 2017 4:18 PM EST2017-01-16 21:18:23 GMT
    ARRESTED: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)ARRESTED: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)

    Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton says the case falls under Gwen's Law and, as a consequence, Gary Thomas Carter must face a judge before he can be released from jail.

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    Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton says the case falls under Gwen's Law and, as a consequence, Gary Thomas Carter must face a judge before he can be released from jail.

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  • Doyline mayor, facing abuse charge, is free on $50k bond

    Doyline mayor, facing abuse charge, is free on $50k bond

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-01-18 03:30:11 GMT
    FREE ON BOND: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation, released Jan. 17 on $50,000 bond. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)FREE ON BOND: Gary Thomas Carter, 50, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road in Doyline, 1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation, released Jan. 17 on $50,000 bond. (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)

    Doyline Mayor Gary Thomas Carter, who is free on bond after being accused of abusing his wife, is due back in Webster District Court in Minden on Feb. 22.

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    Doyline Mayor Gary Thomas Carter, who is free on bond after being accused of abusing his wife, is due back in Webster District Court in Minden on Feb. 22.

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The Webster Parish mayor who is accused of abusing his wife says has resigned his position as Mayor of the Village of Doyline.

Former mayor 50-year-old Gary Thomas Carter is charged with  1 count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation, booking records show.

His attorney Eric Johnson released the following statement:

"Mayor Carter has resigned his position as Mayor of the Village of Doyline. He regrets the fact that he was charged following an unfortunate incident with his wife of 31 years. 

He regrets any embarrassment his arrest may have brought to his family and the Village of Doyline where he has lived his entire life, raised his family and served as Mayor.

He feels his decision, while difficult, is in the best interest of the citizens of Doyline. He hopes that he will be able to put this very unfortunate matter behind him after the court proceedings which lie ahead of him."

He was released on $50,000 bond at 6:46 p.m. Jan. 17.

Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton previously said the case, which is being investigated by his office, falls under Gwen's Law.

As a consequence, Carter had to face a judge before he could be released from jail.

Louisiana's public officials database says Carter, of the 600 block of Pilgrim Rest Road, began his term as the village's mayor Jan. 1, 2015. That term expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Carter is due back in Webster District Court in Minden on Feb. 22.

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