BREAKING: Water system attorney arrested for battery

UPDATE: Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick was released from Santa Rosa County Jail on $100 bond at 3:48 p.m. Monday. Kilpatrick, who is a partner in the firm Kilpatrick & Newlin, P.A., was arrested Sunday evening on a domestic violence related misdemeanor battery charge.

Original March 18, 10 a.m.: Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick of the law firm Kilpatrick & Newlin, P.A. was arrested Sunday evening on a domestic violence related misdemeanor battery charge.

Keith Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, whose address is listed as Nelson Street in Holley, was arrested at 9:21 p.m. According to an arrest report, Kilpatrick and the woman with whom he shares a child participated in a pub crawl in Pensacola  before returning to her home in Gulf Breeze. Their 6-year-old child was at the residence.

According to the report, both were intoxicated. Kilpatrick allegedly attempted to take the child and leave the residence. The mother refused because Kilpatrick was intoxicated. An argument ensued.

The mother stood up and blocked the hallway leading to the to the child’s room at which point Kilpatrick allegedly shoved her according to her statement. There was a physical altercation, and the child’s mother stated she fell into the bedroom and closed the door with her foot to separate herself from Kilpatrick.

She stated he then left the residence. The report specifies that the hallway the woman blocked did not prevent Kilpatrick from leaving the residence.

According to Kilpatrick’s statement to deputies, the woman attacked him first when he attempted to go to the child’s bedroom. The report states red abrasion marks were observed on Kilpatrick’s arms, and the woman was observed to have a swollen lip.

Kilpatrick was hired to represent the water system in February 2018 after attorney Michael Tidwell resigned. Kilpatrick is also a partner in the law firm Kilpatrick & Newlin, P.A.

He remains in Santa Rosa County Jail on no bond as of 10 a.m. Monday.

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