Doyline mayor accused of abusing his wife resigns

Doyline mayor accused of abusing his wife resigns

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 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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