Family Concerned Over Lawmaker’s Alleged Threats

Whispers about DeSoto County Representative Pat Nelson’s marriage started weeks ago.

Those whispers became shouts Tuesday night when his eldest daughter went public with a Facebook post, mentioning Nelson’s divorce, his two-year affair with a state senator, blackmail, and threats of violence.

Leigh Anne Rutheford represents Nelson’s wife, Katherine.

“I cannot comment at this time, Not at all,” she said.

Katherine and Pat Nelson are just days away from their 40th wedding anniversary, but now the two are locked in an intense divorce case.

Sources told WREG-TV Katherine came home from a business trip a couple of months ago to an empty house and cleaned out bank accounts.

Her husband then announced he wanted a divorce and is seeing Brookhaven Senator Sally Doty.

At a school chess tournament Wednesday, Katherine told me, “This has been very painful for me. I’m counting on my faith to get me through this terrible ordeal.”

WREG
11/21/13