SC town councilman charged with assault

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina town councilman has been arrested on an assault charge after a confrontation with another council member.

The State reported that Batesburg-Leesville Councilman Steve Cain was arrested Wednesday and charged with simple assault after a run-in with Councilman Todd O'Dell after Monday's council meeting.

O'Dell says Cain shoved him as Cain tried to confront town manager Joan Taylor.

Cain says the arrest was "a setup." He says O'Dell jumped in front of him and he grabbed him to move him aside. Cain says the arrest came in retaliation for his outspokenness.

O'Dell says Cain has been "increasingly belligerent" and has made baseless accusations of mismanagement.

Cain's trial in magistrate court is set for Aug. 12.

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