Greenville chief pleads not guilty in threat case

Published 2:44 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Greenville’s suspended police chief, Charles Patterson, has pleaded not guilty to simple assault by threatening.

Patterson’s attorney, Ed Blackmon, entered the plea for Patterson on Monday. A court appearance for Patterson was set for Feb. 2.

Patterson was suspended without pay in September after three women — Kela Miller, Ne’Cura Swilley and Kiara Richardson — signed affidavits that Patterson threatened them.

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The women said that they didn’t know who Patterson was until he identified himself as the chief of police.