Tuesday April 16, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Bellows Falls couple was charged with lying under oath while giving depositions about a domestic assault case.

Rickey A. Amidon, 48, and Tami M. Amidon, 44, both pleaded not guilty Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to felony counts of false swearing, and obstruction of justice. They were released on conditions they not discuss court cases with each other or Floyd Amidon, 54.

According to an affidavit by Investigator Robert Kalinowski, of the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, on March 27 he was assigned by the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office to review recorded depositions taken from Rickey Amidon and Tami Amidon in regards to a pending charge of second degree domestic assault against Floyd Amidon, Rickey Amidon’s brother.

According to Kalinowski, Tami and Rickey Amidon described during sworn depositions given on Feb. 26 that on Aug. 17, 2012, Floyd Amidon called them. Rickey Amidon put the call on speaker phone and said he could hear Floyd Amidon telling someone to stop hitting and kicking him. He said he assumed it was Gardner doing the hitting and kicking but was not sure what was really happening. He said he has caller ID but the number that came up was not familiar. Rickey Amidon said his brother was requesting to come over and stay.

Tami Amidon told a similar story.

Kalinowski wrote that the Amidons estimated the call took place between 6 and 8 p.m. Records obtained from Comcast showed no call being made to the home on that day during that time.

Floyd Amidon has been charged with assaulting Heidi Gardner and later urging her to lie to authorities. Gardner has also been charged with lying during depositions. Police said Gardner gave a deposition in October where she said Floyd Amidon was never violent with her and had not assaulted her. Police said they listened to recorded 911 calls where Gardner told dispatchers that such a thing did in fact happen. Police said Gardner also admitted to lying in the deposition.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him at @KWhitcombjr.