DENVER (AP)—The girlfriend of Broncos Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him stemming from a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a one-month-old child with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia she did not feel threatened during the incident and had contacted authorities to “monitor the situation”. The Denver Post reported.
Jeudy, 23, was arrested at the couple’s home in suburban Denver on Thursday after his girlfriend reported he locked some of his belongings and baby items in his car, preventing him from returning to Virginia. . He was arrested on suspicion of second degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence amplifier, a misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in jail until he could appear before a judge because of the amplifier.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what should happen with the case, but allowed Jeudy to be released from prison and allowed him to travel.
Terri Combs, a spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said Friday the case remains open, with Jeudy next scheduled to appear for a plea hearing on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said Jeudy had done nothing that constituted a crime and that the domestic violence label should not have been applied to his case since he did not there had been 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 said there were no allegations of physical abuse. 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 get revenge on them. The law also requires the police to arrest anyone they suspect of committing such a crime.
Preventing a partner from having access to money, 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 coalition against domestic violence.
Mandatory arrest laws were developed due to past concerns that police downplayed the danger of domestic violence or felt powerless to arrest a suspect if the victim denied the violence out of fear, Kalantar said. However, she acknowledged that some victims of domestic violence don’t want to be arrested, which can lead to more violence against them later.
Broncos first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday that he met Jeudy after his release from prison and “we’re going to move on and we’re going to get out of it. lessons as a team”. .”
Hackett hesitated when asked if Jeudy would face team discipline: “You know, we’re going to look at all the things and make sure we’re doing the right things. We are here to support him and move on.