LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party received a $5,000 personal recognizance bond during a hearing Tuesday morning on criminal domestic violence charges.
James John Todd Kincannon, 33, appeared in court and begged the judge to not impose a no contact order against him seeing his wife, Ashely Griffith, who alleged Kincannon yelled at her and prevented her from leaving their car after the pair left a gathering on March 26.
Griffith also appeared at the hearing and despite the fact she called 911 on Kincannon during the incident, she told the judge she does not feel endangered by her husband and even asked the judge to not impose the no contact order.
"I do not in any way feel there was a crime committed. I don't feel endangered for my life at all. I'm not worried about being around him," Griffith said. "We have had contact since the incident. We have attended counseling sessions. We are working on our communication."
The state disagreed with Griffith's story.
"We have, in light of recent testimony given by the victim, the state has evidence to prove otherwise," a Lexington County law enforcement official said. "We have genuine concerns about the safety and the welfare of the victim."
"The facts that were given are not true and concise. If, your honor, I could be candidly honest, we are still reviewing evidence and there are some genuine concerns that we have for her safety."
Kincannon was also given permission to speak during the hearing and threw himself on the mercy of the court.
"My wife testified that she does not believe a crime was committed, the officers that came to the scene the evening of the incident did not find probable cause to arrest," Kincannon said.
An arrest warrant alleges Kincannon was driving on St. Andrews Road and Harbison Boulevard near Irmo when the pair began to argue. At that point, Griffith said she rolled her window down to yell at passing motorists for help while she pleaded for Kincannon to stop the car.
Kincannon, according to the incident report, began speeding through traffic, but eventually stopped the car at the Chick-Fil-A on Harbison Boulevard. Griffith told deputies that she tried to exit the vehicle in the parking lot, but Kincannon grabbed Griffith's arm in order to prevent her from leaving.
At that point, according to the incident report, Griffith began to hit Kincannon until he sped up the car in an effort to prevent her from leaving the vehicle. The report continues, and says Griffith then dialed 911 so the dispatcher could hear Kincannon. A short time later, the report says, Kincannon saw a patrol car and "freaked out." Kincannon then told Griffith that he would drive their car into a concrete barrier if the police got involved, the report says.
Kincannon, according to the report, had also threatened to kill himself, Griffith, and her family. The report says Griffith told deputies she has several recorded threats of suicide and homicide from Kincannon.
"It should be noted Ashely was trembling as she wrote her statement," the report said.
Kincannon, who is an attorney, has previously served as a member of the Republican National Committee by proxy and as Chairman of the Simpsonville Election Commission, according to his website.
Kincannon has also made a name for himself on Twitter, where he refers to himself as the "honey badger" of politics. Several of Kincannon's tweets have drawn the ire of groups calling him a racist or a sexist.