Two days after being found not guilty of supplying wine to someone under 21, Amanda Tyndall is speaking out.
The Pitt County sheriff's deputy issued a statement Thursday afternoon, saying she was grateful, that in her case, the system worked.
Tyndall, who was a D.A.R.E. officer for the department before her arrest, was found not guilty by the judge in a day-long trial Tuesday in district court.
In her statement, Tyndall says her arrest has been "very hard personally and for my family as well." She asked for the continued support of those who stood behind her.
Tyndall continued to work as a deputy after her arrest, but was reassigned from the D.A.R.E. program.
Amanda Tyndall Statement
I as all citizens, am thankful for our system of justice which requires that one be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I am grateful that, in this case, the system worked so that I was exonerated of the allegations filed against me. I am thankful for the support of my family, friends, church, co-workers, and the general public who have stood behind me throughout this process. This matter has been very hard personally and for my family as well. I ask for THE continued support of those who have stood behind me as I continue to strive to succeed both professionally and personally.
The trial of a Pitt County Sheriff's deputy is over, with a not guilty verdict.
Deputy Amanda Tyndall was accused of giving wine to a 20-year-old woman.
Just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Tyndall was found not guilty in a Pitt County courtroom.
A Pitt County deputy sheriff, accused of supplying wine to an underage woman, is taking the stand to tell her side of the story.
The trial for Amanda Tyndall began this morning in a district courtroom. The deputy took the witness stand around 4:30 p.m.
Tyndall, who is a DARE officer, is charged with supplying wine to someone who is not old enough to legally drink. The SBI says she allegedly supplied wine to someone under 21 years old at TieBreakers in Greenville.
Tyndall was on the stand for about 30 minutes. She denied giving alcohol that night, or at any time to Elizabeth Dominique.
On the stand for most of the morning was Dominique. The woman, who was 20 years old at the time of alleged incident, testified that she has known Tyndall for a long time and had a relationship with her stepson.
Dominique testified that prior to the TieBreakers incident, she was given alcohol by the deputy on at least 20 different occasions, mostly at Tyndall's home.
Dominique testified that on the night in question, Tyndall offered her a sip of her wine almost immediately. She said that happened at least two or three more times before an ALE agent saw Dominique holding the glass of wine. The woman testified that among the people at the table that evening were two other Pitt County deputies, including Tonya Leggett. Leggett resigned Monday after being charged with DWI this past weekend.
Under cross examination from Tyndall's attorney, Dominique admitted she thought the charges against her would be dropped if she testified. Her charges were eventually dismissed in exchange for completing 30 to 40 hours of community service and having an alcohol assessment.
Dominique said she was very angry with Tyndall for leaving the bar as she was arrested. She felt Tyndall had set her up, thinking the deputy should have helped her out.
The woman is an honor student at ECU and says she's receiving two different scholarships. Dominique admitted if convicted of her original charges she could have lost those scholarships.
Tyndall has not been disciplined because of her arrest. Sheriff Mac Manning has been in the courtroom observing the trial, as well as Neil Elks who defeated Manning in the primary.