PITTSBURGH (AP) – A choose has dismissed theft, assault and all different expenses towards former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a combat final month in Pittsburgh, after a childhood buddy testified that he knocked out two males who confronted Revis throughout a dispute over a cellphone.
The buddy, Rashawn Bolton, 31, of Aliquippa, has not been charged in reference to the incident about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 12 on the town’s South Aspect, a neighbor well-known for its bars, eating places and evening life.
Bolton testified he knocked out Dallas Cousins, 22, and Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, with one punch every after Revis phoned him to say he was being jumped. Bolton ran from just a few blocks away and testified he noticed one man together with his arms about Revis’ waist and the opposite hanging on Revis’ neck, pulled each off, then punched them in self-defense.
Bolton then took a video, which wound up on TMZ, during which he may very well be heard saying, “Hey, I knocked each of them (expletives) out. Each of them. They’re each sleeping” after which, turned to one in every of their associates saying, telling him to close up.
A felony criticism quoted Cousins and Jarvis as telling police that they had been assaulted by Revis, although the boys later acknowledged – and testified at Wednesday’s preliminary listening to – that they did not know who hit them. Officer Anthony Burke testified the criticism he filed charging Revis was based mostly on statements the victims gave on the scene.
Cousins testified that he was a sports activities fan and heard somebody say they acknowledged Revis as Cousins walked with a number of associates exterior a bar that morning. When Revis confirmed he was the star participant – well-known from his time on the College of Pittsburgh and close by Aliquippa Excessive Faculty – Cousins doubted it and stated Revis turned “irate.”
At that time, Revis “nudged” Cousins and induced him to drop his telephone, which was broken. Cousins then picked it up and walked towards Revis, taking pictures video, earlier than Revis grabbed the telephone and tried to delete the video earlier than, ultimately, throwing it into the road, Cousins testified.
Cousins and Jarvis acknowledged making an attempt to seize the telephone from Revis’ hand, however each denied that they had him across the neck of waist in making an attempt to take action. The 2 males acknowledged they’d been ingesting sufficient that they deliberate to not drive, however denied being overly intoxicated.
Each suffered concussions, with Cousins additionally struggling a fractured eye socket and Jarvis a jaw contusion.
Assistant District Lawyer Edward Scheid argued that the theft, aggravated assault and terroristic risk expenses ought to stand based mostly on the authorized concept of “confederate legal responsibility” – which means Revis was accountable though Bolton dedicated them. A buddy of Cousins and Jarvis testified he heard Revis name on his telephone to have “one in every of his boys” deal with the scenario. And Scheid advised Bolton roughly acted as Revis’ bodyguard – which Bolton flatly denied.
Bolton and Revis had been collectively hours earlier, however separated when Revis went to see a lady, Bolton stated. When Revis known as for assist Bolton began operating a number of blocks within the course he final noticed Revis head, calling again twice to find Revis.
Bolton stated he and Revis, who did not testify, did not name 911 earlier than strolling away as a result of Cousins and Jarvis had been regaining consciousness and one in every of their associates had even begun apologizing for the fracas.
Bolton was accompanied by protection legal professional Casey White, who stated they’re “totally cooperating with any additional investigation, if, actually, there’s one.”
Revis’ legal professional, Robert Del Greco Jr., stated he did not need to accuse the victims of mendacity.
“We had various levels of intoxication, we had head accidents, we had assumptions, we had mischaracterizations, we ha rumors, we had innuendoes and someway all these occasions converged into this confluence that Darrelle Revis knocked out two guys and threatened folks and robbed folks,” Del Greco stated.
A lawsuit over the fees is “definitely a risk,” Del Greco stated. “This fella has an impeccable fame, as I stated, a law-abiding man, a quiet man – not on the sphere – however a peaceable man off the sphere.”
Revis, the Jets first-round draft decide in 2007, stated he is hoping to signal a free-agent deal, and was relieved by the choose’s determination.
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