GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

The wife of a former Pitt County sheriff accused of assaulting her is now saying the allegations are the result of a misunderstanding.

Mac Manning appeared in court Wednesday morning. He is charged with assault on a female for allegedly slapping the hand of his wife on May 5, "causing bruising, swelling and blood blisters," according to warrants.

The alleged assault happened at the couple's home on the 3000 block of Mulberry Lane in Greenville after a verbal dispute, police said.

In court Wednesday, Manning's lawyer requested a bond modification allowing Manning to have contact with his wife and unrestricted access to their home. Manning's wife then signed the modification.

The wife said in court that Manning never assaulted her. She said she and her husband were arguing when he took her hand and said, 'We need to focus.' Manning's wife said her husband never laid his hands on her.

"My mistake. I should have never called [police] in heat of argument. I was mad," she said.

Manning's wife said when officers asked her if she wanted her husband to be arrested, she replied, 'No.' The wife said Manning is charged because of who he is-- a former sheriff.

"I refuse to have someone make a name for themself [sic] because of an unfortunate situation I have caused," the wife said. "We are all very Christian and my behavior is very un-Christian [sic]."

The wife added she recently had a stroke and was suffering from memory loss.

"It's embarrassed my husband, his family and me," she said of the incident.

The case has been continued to July 23.

Manning served as the sheriff of Pitt County from 1998 to 2010.

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A former Pitt County sheriff has been charged for allegedly assaulting his wife.

According to the Greenville Police Department, Mac Manning has been charged with assault on a female. GPD spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said Manning turned himself in to the Pitt County Detention Center at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, detectives received a call from a woman in the 3000 block of Mulberry Lane, Greenville Police said. The woman told officers she and her husband, Manning, had been in a verbal dispute.

The woman told investigators that at some point during the altercation, Manning slapped her in the hand, resulting in visible bruises, said police.

Warrants state that Manning slapped his wife's right hand "two times, causing bruising, swelling and blood blisters."

Manning has been charged with one count of assault on a female. He was given a $5,000 unsecured bond, which he posted Tuesday morning.

Manning is scheduled to be in court on May 14.

Manning served as the sheriff of Pitt County from 1998 to 2010.