A former football player for the University of Maine was arrested in Georgia and will be expedited back to Florida to face domestic assault charges.
The man’s home is in Palm Beach County, where the alleged domestic violence took place. He is being accused of stabbing a man multiple times resulting in the man’s death and stabbing the mother of his child in her hand. When he is booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, his expected charges will be murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
This is apparently not the first time the former football player was charged with domestic assault. While living with the same woman, her son and their child in Orono, Maine, there was another alleged incident. In 2012, he was arrested when the woman allegedly told police he went into a jealous rage, strangling her and threatening to kill her.
Those charges were reduced to disorderly conduct with a 48-hour jail sentence. He was also suspended from both school and playing football at that time. Ironically enough, he was taking family relations and child developing classes at school.
Domestic violence charges or accusations often result in much more than just a legal battle. They can isolate the accused from family and friends, ruin a person’s reputation and cause emotional and mental problems.
An attorney can fight the legal battle for a person charged with domestic violence by gathering all of the facts about the case. Domestic violence sometimes occurs during self-defense. Sometimes, there are other extenuating circumstances that can cause a person to lose their ability to act rationally. All facts must be gathered in order to present a defense in domestic assault cases.
Source: Bangor Daily News, “UMaine student ordered from Georgia to Florida to stand trial for fatal stabbing” Nok-Noi Ricker, May. 22, 2014