Couple pleads guilty in chase and fight

Published 5:03 pm Saturday, May 4, 2013

Two Austin suspects, who reportedly chased and beat up an Austin man who owed them money, changed their pleas to guilty Friday in Mower County Court.

Tammy Davenport, 44, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm, a felony. Charges for first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon were dismissed.

Willister Davenport, 41, accepted an alford plea (a guilty plea) in this case, in which he doesn’t plead guilty to those charges but admits the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. Willister and Tammy will be sentenced on Aug. 15.

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The Davenports were arrested after they allegedly assaulted a man and tried to take his money on June 1, 2012. The fight started after the Davenports saw the victim at Kwik Trip getting money from an ATM. The Davenports chased the victim with their vehicle while the victim was on a bike. The Davenports reportedly ran the victim off the road and fought with him two times. The first time, a witness came out of a nearby house and broke up the fight. However, the second time the victim fell, he caught his foot in his bicycle. The Davenports reportedly hit the victim in the face, kicked him in the chest and unsuccessfully tried to steal $400 cash from him.

Police later arrested the Davenports at their home.