DENVER (AP)—The girlfriend of broncos Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy asked a judge Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him stemming from a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a one-month-old son with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and contacted authorities to “monitor the situation.” the denver mail informed.
Jeudy, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s home in suburban Denver after his girlfriend reported that he had locked some of her belongings and baby supplies in her car, preventing her from returning to Virginia. He was arrested on suspicion of second degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in jail until he could appear before a judge because of the enhancer.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what should happen with the case, but he did let Jeudy out of jail and allowed him to travel.
Terri Combs, a spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said Friday that the case remains open and that Jeudy will next appear for a guilty plea hearing on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said that Jeudy did nothing that amounted to a crime and that the domestic violence label should not have been applied to her case as there was no violence or attempted violence.
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“Bad things happen to good people, and that’s what this case is about,” Steinberg said.
Authorities have said there were no reports of physical violence. However, under Colorado law, domestic violence can include any crime committed against an intimate partner or their property that is used to intimidate, coerce, or retaliate against them. The law also requires the police to arrest anyone suspected of committing such a crime.
Preventing a partner from having access to money, personal belongings or medication to try to control them or prevent them from leaving are some examples of other types of domestic violence, said Roshan Kalantar, associate director of Violence Free Colorado, the state’s domestic violence coalition. .
Mandatory arrest laws were developed out of past concerns that police were downplaying the danger of domestic abuse or felt powerless to arrest a suspect if the victim denied the abuse out of fear, Kalantar said. However, he acknowledged that some domestic violence survivors do not want an arrest, which may lead to more violence against them later.
Broncos first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of rookie minicamp Friday that he met with Jeudy after his release from jail and “we’re going to move on and we’re going to learn from it as team”. .”
Hackett demurred when asked if Jeudy would face any team discipline: “You know, we’ll look into all the things and make sure we do the right thing. We are here to support him and move forward with this.”