Even as big in stature as he is, a visibly restless and pacing Vernon Chalmers couldn't find any place to hide from the media attention. But, is he merely an unwitting pawn caught up in the turbulent public fishbowl that appears to sporadically swirl around the life of his wife Janis Fullilove?
Or is his alleged infidelity the true catalyst behind the Memphis City Councilwoman's sometimes erratic personal behavior? Okay, maybe waiting for an arraignment on a domestic assault charge isn't the time to start going all "Dr. Phil" on somebody. But, we gotta job to do.
"Mr. Chalmers is any of this really fair? Are we ever gonna know the whole truth?" asked Les Smith.
"Look there is no story, okay? Get it from my wife," Chalmers responded.
"Is this way too much drama, man?" Smith asked?
"Can't you tell? Hell, yeah," Chalmers reponded.
Point taken. But, the warring couple, separately arrived at Shelby County Domestic Court. Fullilove arrived first without speaking to reporters. Chalmers arriveed later after have posted a one-thousand dollar bond following the couple's arrest on Tuesday morning. In a Memphis Police affidavit Chalmers alleged his wife was drunk and began throwing dishes and a glass plate at him because she thought he was cheating on her with another woman. A scenario which Fullilove's attorney, Arthur Horne, begs to differ with.
"I think at the end of this, y'all will see who the real victim is. The facts in this case, as the case progresses, you'll see that the stores are quire different from what's being reported in the news and what's been told to the police," Horne said.
But, just before entering the courtroom, the tension between the two briefly took a spike
upward. As Chalmers and Fullilove engaged in a strange stand-off and then Chalmers tried to get his wife to talk to him. As he moved toward her, Fullilove, without looking at him, adroitly slid away while she appeared to be texting someone. In court neither made eye contact with the other. Since Fullilove wouldn't answer any questions, we asked Horne if Fullilove had possibly received special treatment since she had to post no bond while her husband did?
"I don't think that Ms. Fullilove's a flight risk. I think she's gonna make all her appearances in court. And so it's a misdemeanor charge. It's not a felony charge. That's not unusual for someone to get an R & R bond on a misdemeanor," Horne said.
Facing the maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days if convicted, the pair was ordered to report back to court on September 17th. But, could Act 3 of this continuing soap opera bring some reconciliation if softer hearts prevail.
"They could be ordered to do anger management. They could be ordered to go get marriage counseling. Who knows?" Horne said.
And that in itself is enough for those who care to keep tuning in.