Assault Med For Depression 2010-04-27 Texas City Councilman's Wife Tells Group at Meeting that She Beat Up Her Husband

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Paragraphs three through five read:  "She told of being diagnosed with cancer shortly after their marriage in 1997, of suffering depression after the treatment and of medication that magnified her issues.

"I have a mean-spirited side and I took it out on him," she told the gathering of about 100. "All those months of treatment and I was fed up. And he was the one I could beat the hell out of."

"But when the husband made it a two-way fight before turning to leave the home, she said, she called police. She ditched the prescription medication and they have long since gotten through their issues, she said, adding that David McNeely is today a candidate worthy of the voters' faith.


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Garland council candidate's wife defends him despite domestic violence charge

03:11 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
By RAY LESZCYNSKI / The Dallas Morning News
rleszcynski@dallasnews.com

A wife's story of ovarian cancer and domestic violence added yet another layer of passion to Garland's lone contested city council race Monday night.

Sharp questions, finger-pointing between incumbent John Willis and challenger David McNeely and a moderator calling for order had already made for a lively forum. Then, as parties were dismissed, Donna McNeely stepped to the podium at Shiloh Worship Center.

She told of being diagnosed with cancer shortly after their marriage in 1997, of suffering depression after the treatment and of medication that magnified her issues.

"I have a mean-spirited side and I took it out on him," she told the gathering of about 100. "All those months of treatment and I was fed up. And he was the one I could beat the hell out of."

But when the husband made it a two-way fight before turning to leave the home, she said, she called police. She ditched the prescription medication and they have long since gotten through their issues, she said, adding that David McNeely is today a candidate worthy of the voters' faith.

During the forum, the candidate had ducked questions about the 1999 assault charge that was dismissed after he served a year's probation, restating that it was long ago and not relevant. He said later that the decision to make a public statement was Donna's.