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Helms Acquitted of Domestic Violence Charge

January 11, 1996

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Tommy Helms was acquitted Wednesday of a domestic violence charge. A judge decided Helms’ wife was the aggressor.

Cathy Helms testified that she knocked off her husband’s hat before he struck the side of her head with the back of his hand at their home in Green Township, a Cincinnati suburb.

Helms, 54, was charged Oct. 1 after Cathy Helms called police.

Helms and his wife testified that they had been drinking and the exchange followed a shouting match over the laundry.

The couple embraced after Municipal Judge William Mallory Jr.’s decision, in which he said Cathy Helms was the aggressor.

Helms, the National League Rookie of the Year in 1966, spent 14 seasons in the major leagues.

He was a regular infielder for the Reds from 1966 through 1971 after playing briefly in 1964 and 1965. After leaving the Reds, he played six years for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.

He was a Reds coach in the 1980s.

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