STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- A city councilwoman was arrested following a domestic dispute on Wednesday.
Officers arrived at the home on Monarch Village Way after a man reported he had been in a verbal altercation with his wife, LaKeisha T. Gantt, all day by telephone. The victim says Gantt had threatened to cut his throat when she arrived home, according to police report.
When Henry County Police arrived at the home, Gantt appeared from the garage.
“As I approached the garage I immediately noticed a pile of men’s clothing on the garage floor smoldering and appeared to have doused with water,” an officer reports. The victim commented to police that he had come to collect the burned clothing on the floor. According to the police report, Gantt commented items belonged to her because she paid for them.
The couple continued to argue about the burnt clothing and his infidelity. Gantt mentioned that she could not believe he called the police to their home and he commented that she threatened to kill him as the reason.
“You cut your own throat,” Gantt commented. She was arrested and charged with arson. A judge later reduced the charge to criminal trespass, and Gantt was released on Bond. Henry County Police Lt. Mike Ireland said Gantt's husband was unable to prove any threats were made.
Gantt is an attorney and practices law with Gantt & Associates Law Firm. She was sworn in as the first Chairman for the Ethics Board for the City of Stockbridge in 2011.