Kenneth Walter Penn, 59, of Anniston, was released from Calhoun County Jail on his own recognizance, meaning he did not have to pay bond for his release.
The two women, Judy Bonds, 49, and Kelley Waites, 25, both of Anniston, accused Penn of strangling each of them, stabbing one with a knife and then holding them against their will for six and half hours in his home on Choccolocco Road last week.
Lt. Jon Garlick of the Sheriff’s Office said investigators were able to do some digging on the case and determine the story to be false.
Garlick said Bonds and Waites were charged Thursday with misdemeanor false reporting to law enforcement.
“Investigators developed a case with sufficient cause to file warrants for a false report,” Garlick said.
Penn said the bruises and scratches deputies reported the women suffered came from a physical fight the women had with each other in his home.
“I tried my best to stop them from fighting,” Penn said on the phone Friday afternoon.
Penn said the women slept in his home that night and the next morning when they left “everything was fine.”
According to Penn, the women conspired against him and filed charges with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Penn said he thinks they may have done this because Penn told Bonds, his girlfriend who was living with him during the incident, that he wanted her to move out.
Penn said the incident has caused him a lot of grief in his neighborhood. He said he hasn’t been able to go to the grocery store without someone asking him about the charges.
“I feel awful to be falsely accused. I feel disgraced and humiliated,” Penn said.
Penn said that while he was in jail, he gave a statement to deputies. Bonds and Waites also provided statements.
“They couldn’t collaborate their stories together,” Penn said.
Penn said he’s upset because the two women caused the issue, but he’s had to deal with the backlash.
“I suffered the consequences for it and I don’t think that was fair,” Penn said.
Bonds was in the Calhoun County Jail as of Friday afternoon, Garlick said. Her bond is set at $1,000. Waites paid her own bond of $1,000 and was released from jail, the lieutenant said.
State records show both women have a court date scheduled for March 5.
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