Albert Haynesworth Va. trial postponed

The misdemeanor assault trial of Redskins lineman Albert Haynesworth, set for Thursday morning in Fairfax County General District Court, was postponed until next week.

Defense attorney Steve Merril told District Court Judge Mark Simmons he hoped to reach an "accord and satisfaction" by May 31, the new court date.

Under Virginia law, misdemeanor cases may be dismissed if the complaining witness has reached an agreement with the defendant not to press charges. The victim in the case, who claimed that Haynesworth punched him in the face during a traffic altercation in Reston, was present and declined to comment.

Haynesworth was not in the courtroom. Merril declined to comment after the hearing on what the "accord and satisfaction" might entail.

On May 10, Haynesworth pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse in D.C. Superior Court. Prosecutors had offered to dismiss the sexual abuse charge if Haynesworth would plead guilty to simple assault, but he rejected the deal.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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