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Fullilove Looks to Mend Marriage after Domestic Incident

Has she had a change of heart? Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was in court Monday on domestic violence charges and seemed full of love for her husband, despite accusations of adultery, smashed dishes and a trip to jail.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Has she had a change of heart? Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was in court Monday on domestic violence charges and seemed full of love for her husband, despite accusations of adultery, smashed dishes and a trip to jail.

Since Fullilove and her husband were both arrested on domestic violence charges last month, they have not been allowed to contact each other. Now the estranged couple wants that to change. .

Outside the courtroom Janice Fullilove wouldn't talk on camera, but her lawyer did.

"She's ready to move past it," said attorney Art Horne. "No doubt she has had some problems in her personal life but she is ready to get back to doing work for the city, working for the citizens of Memphis, and I guess trying to rebuild her relationship with her husband."

Fullilove wants her husband, Vernon Chalmers, to move home. He has a heart condition and recently had surgery.

According to Horne, "Janice is his caretaker. I think based on my conversations with his lawyer they both want to have the bond conditions changed so they can live together."

"He's doing well. He's here today and he came of his own power so he's doing well," Chalmers' attorney, Katheryn Derossitt, said of her client. "Of course anybody's going to be a bit compromised when they have a defibrillator put in. Other than that, he's doing pretty well."

Fullilove and Chalmers were arrested last month at their home. Chalmers said Fullilove began throwing dishes at him, accusing him of having an affair. Chalmers told police he pushed Fullilove to the ground.

Monday's hearing was postponed in hopes a deal can be struck which would allow the prosecutor to dismiss the charges.

"I think both parties are aware that neither one wins by either one of them being prosecuted," Horne noted.

The couple will be back in court next month, which we're told should give the District Attorney's Office plenty of time to examine the case.

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