Washington resident will be interested to know that charges against a college running back for disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault involving his ex-girlfriend have reportedly been dropped by the prosecutor's office. The charges stem from a domestic violence incident that was alleged to have occurred in December of 2012. In Washington as well as Arizona, the state will levy charges in domestic violence cases even if the victim declines to raise charges on their own.
The college football player is a running back for Arizona. He played with the Wildcats last season and set a school record with 23 touchdowns while leading the nation in rushing at 1,929 yards. He just missed meeting an NCAA record of being the 16th running back to reach 2,000 yards within a single season.
The city prosecutors have stated that they are dropping the case because a key witness is not available. Furthermore, the prosecution has stated that even if they were to continue with the charges it would be unlikely that the man would actually be convicted. A statement said that "there is no substantial likelihood that a judge would convict [him]."
In cases of domestic violence, it is not uncommon for the prosecutor's office to have to drop their charges. The charges themselves could have been illegitimate, or it could be possible that the lack of a critical witness simply leaves them without any evidence. In a case of domestic violence allegations, a criminal law attorney may attempt to have charges dropped if there is not enough evidence for a conviction.
Source: USA Today, "Charges dropped against Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey", June 14, 2013