A Laurel man charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a February altercation with a Washington Redskin outside a D.C. nightclub was ordered released from electronic monitoring Wednesday by a D.C. Superior Court judge.

Judge Kimberley S. Knowles ordered Jason Shorter to return to court for a preliminary hearing on May 18.

Shorter, 24, is charged with attacking Brandon Banks and a friend . Christoper Nixon, outside of The Park nightclub in the 900 block of 14th St. NW.

Knowles also ordered Shorter to stay away from the vicinity of the nightclub and from Banks and Nixon. Shorter, who was represented by attorney Kristin McGough, also has to check in with pre-trial court services weekly.

Authorities said Banks tried to break up a fight between Shorter and Nixon when Shorter pulled out a folding knife and began swinging.