- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Portsmouth city councilman has been acquitted of a charge that he threatened a local pastor over the phone.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1EYfHtD) General District Judge James A. Moore said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Bill Moody threatened Barry Randall during the Jan. 2 phone call. He said both men offered different versions of what was said during the call.

Randall is a frequent critic of Moody. He told the newspaper he was threatened by Moody and pledged to continue his public criticism of the councilman.

Moody declined to comment on the verdict.

The case was prosecuted by defense attorney Michael Massey, who Portsmouth Circuit Judge Johnny Morrison assigned to handle the case after the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office bowed out.

Massey declined to comment.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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