Prosecutors drop assault charges against former Redskins player Fred Davis

D.C. prosecutors Wednesday dropped assault charges against former Washington Redskin player Fred Davis following an alleged altercation in June with an ex-girlfriend in Adams Morgan.

Prosecutors said there was “insufficient evidence” to take the case forward, according to Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office. A hearing in the case was still scheduled for Thursday.

At the time of his first court appearance, Davis’s attorney, William Martin, maintained that his client was innocent and Davis’s former girlfriend was trying to “get back” at him and that there was no assault. After surrendering to police and appearing in court in leg and ankle shackles last month, Davis entered a plea of not guilty.

Police said the dispute occurred about 3 a.m. June 2 at the Diner, a 24-hour restaurant in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW. A police report said the victim, also 28, was eating with a man in the restaurant when Davis came up behind her and put his hands on her shoulder. The woman told police he forcefully spun her around and told the man, “Why are you with her?”

The woman walked outside. Davis followed, “grabbed a handful of dirt and flowers from the hanging plant box and threw them at her,” according to the report. The woman told police she retreated into the restaurant and tried to grab a plastic condiment bottle to squirt at Davis but was stopped by a bystander.

Davis, who played tight end for the Redskins for six years, was suspended indefinitely in February by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of intern Chandra Levy.
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