Anderson Pleads Not Guilty To Charges
Lynn Anderson has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident at a Taos, N.M., supermarket.Lynn Anderson has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident at a Taos, N.M., supermarket. The veteran country singer's attorney entered the pleas on behalf of the artist to charges of battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer and shoplifting.
Taos County Magistrate Betty Martinez allowed Anderson to seek medical treatment out of state after the pleas were entered Friday. Martinez said she did not know why Anderson was seeking medical treatment.
Anderson, who lives in Taos, was arrested Jan. 24 at the Smith's Food & Drug Center. According to a statement of probable cause filed by Taos police officer Virgil Vigil, Anderson asked him "Do you know who I am?" when refusing to sign a citation after supermarket employees had accused her of taking a "Harry Potter" DVD.
Anderson allegedly balked several times when she was asked to go to a patrol car. When the officer asked if she was resisting arrest, Anderson turned and punched him on the left forearm, according to his statement.
Brigitte Ursula Lotze, Anderson's attorney, said the singer deserves the prayers of Taos residents. "Ms. Anderson is a loved and respected member of the Taos community," Lotze said.
In December, Anderson was charged with drunken driving after police found her passed out in her car on the shoulder of a highway near Denton, Texas.
Anderson won a Grammy for "Rose Garden" in 1970 and was the Country Music Association's female vocalist of the year in 1971.
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