Stace Banks Day, 41, and his wife Laurie Day have been married for 15 years and have two children. Day stands as an example of law and order in their community- he is the police chief there.
His mother in law has reportedly said, “In the scope of things, he is not a bad person, and something has gone wrong.”
Reportedly in June 2003, Stace reported to sheriff’s deputies that that his wife had pinched him in the side and left a red mark. He spoke to his attorney about the matter and on his attorney’s advice requested an incident report.
In April the couple were reportedly separating and Laurie Day reported to deputies that her husband was taking things from the home that were not part of the separation agreement. She requested an incident report.
Then in July while the couple were separated, Laurie Day reported to police that her husband had broken into the home and taken her engagement ring and another ring from the home and had cancelled the insurance for the items.
No charges were filed in any of the previous incidents.
Thursday, Laurie Day reportedly was preparing to leave town with her children, some articles say she wa leaving Day, when Stace Day arrived at the home about 4 pm. Laurie Day mother was at the home at that time. The mother reports that Stace Day disabled the truck so that it couldn’t be driven, he unloaded the truck and put the items in the back yard, and he broke the wife’s cellphone so that she couldn’t make calls. He also reportedly took the wife’s drivers license and credit cards, and took her jewelry. According to her mother, Laurie Day did not want to see her husband villified and did not want to call police. The mother left the home when the children went to bed.
Reportedly after she left, Stace Day knocked Laurie Day down twice. The second time, reportedly Laurie Day was knocked unconcious and when she came around, her husband was reportedly pouring water in her face and telling their daughter- “She’s only faking, your mamma is such a drama queen.”
Laurie Day’s mother says she got a text message from her 10 year old stepson that read “Come get us Nana.” When her mother arrived at the home she noted that the front door had been broken down. Police were called to the home at 12:26 am and were reportedly there for hours. They arrested Day shortly before 3 am on criminal domestic violence charges. Day has been placed on paid leave until the charges are resolved.
Reportedly Laurie Day did receive bruising in the incident, on her arm and leg. Reportedly pictures have been taken of the injuries and of the damage to the home. The sheriff says that charges will be filed whether Mrs. Day cooperates or not, because that is the law. “It’s out of her hands.”
Allegedly Laurie Day has told deputies that she will have to leave town before her husband gets out of jail, as she is in fear for her life. Reportedly Stace Day has told her that she could leave, but that he has “friends in high places.”
If Day is convicted of domestic violence, his career as a police officer is in jepordy. Under federal law, a person who has been convicted of domestic violence cannot carry a gun.
Stace Day has resigned as police chief. The town council had reportedly warned Day to step down or be fired. In his resignation letter, Day allegedly stated that the charges had left “a dark cloud over my head” and he also reportedly said “I intend to clear my name by presenting the truth about the events leading to my arrest at the appropriate time during the judicial process.”