Why is a Tennessee Mayoral Candidate Sitting in the Lynwood Jail?

A Tennessee mayoral candidate is sitting in the Los Angeles County women’s jail today, five days after she was booked on a $100,000 bond which has since been increased to $400,000.

Rhonda Gallman, who is running for mayor of Knox County, was arrested Wednesday in Compton while visiting her son Jamahl Thomas, who is currently facing attempted murder and criminal conspiracy charges. She was charged with “preventing or dissuading a victim or witness from testifying in court.”

Police have not shared the details of Gallmans’ arrest, but it coincided with her appearance at a Compton Courthouse in support of her son. Also unclear is why the bond was increased from $100,000 to $400,000.

According to the Knox County election committee, Gallman will remain on the ballot for the Democratic primary.


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