published Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Millard facing assault charge in family dispute

The owner of a Chattanooga pest control company is headed to court next month to face charges of aggravated assault because, police say, he pulled a gun on his daughter during a family dispute.

Jody Millard, 57, began arguing with his daughter, Jodie Annette Millard-Radar, when she came by the Jody Millard Pest Control office to pick up a check on Sept. 28, police records show. Millard had fired his daughter and her husband, Joe, the day before, records show.

"Jodie went in to pick up the check from her father, and as she was walking out her father asked if she wanted to talk. She replied, 'Not really if [you're] going to still lie,'" according to the affidavit. "She told him she wasn't going to listen to his lies any longer."

Millard, who is set to appear in court on Nov. 1, refused to comment on his charges. His attorney, David Higney, could not be reached for comment.

Millard posted a $10,000 bond the day after his arrest.

According to the affidavit, Millard's face turned red during the argument and he started yelling at his daughter, saying he hated her husband, the affidavit reads.

After yelling at his daughter, Millard opened his desk drawer, took out a small black gun, pointed it at her and then pointed it at the chair beside her, the affidavit says.

"He said if we don't stop we would regret it," Millard-Radar told police.

Records show Millard-Radar didn't report the assault until more than two weeks later. She told police she wasn't sure why she waited.

"She said because she was scared and it was her dad," records showed.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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