We have another update on a court case that has hit a brick wall involving a man accused of twisting the neck of his child. The incident occurred in the parking lot of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in 2011.
Security at the hospital noticed Glenn Climer, Jr. holding the child in the parking lot and suggested that he seemed upset. Murfreesboro Police were called to the scene and according to the appeal document, "Appellant "grabbed the child's arm . . . [and] [h]ad the child's chin with his right hand and was pulling [the child's head] towards the child's right shoulder," essentially twisting the child's neck."
Police and security guards wrestled the baby away from Climer fearing he intended to either hurt or kill the child. MPD Officer Edwards stated that it was the closest he had ever come in his law enforcement career to shooting someone.
Climer, who lived in Murfreesboro, was sentenced to spend 26 years behind bars for attempted voluntary manslaughter and child abuse. Climer later filed an appeal suggesting the evidence was not sufficient to support his conviction. The lower courts denied that appeal. Another appeal was then filed in a higher court.
This week WGNS learned that the Tennessee Supreme Court officially filed a denial to Climer's latest appeal which is called a "discretionary appeal." According to law, when an appeal is filed in a higher court they have the discretion to either consider the case and allow it to move forward or to deny the case from being heard.
Climer will remain behind bars until 2037. However, he will be eligible for parole in just 5 years.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GLENN CLIMER, JR.: M2013-00651-SC-R11-CD
Appeal from the Circuit Court for Rutherford County
No. F-67353 David Bragg, Judge