As most people in Minnesota would likely attest, sharing a living space with someone else is often difficult. Though conflict can easily arise, it rarely turns to violence. Despite this, a college football player now faces an assault charge after police were called to his apartment.
The call came in during the early morning hours of a day in mid-October. According to reports, the 22-year-old football player was involved in an “incident” with his roommate between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Police say that no weapons, other than “hands and feet,” were discovered or used in the incident.
Reports also indicate that no injuries were suffered. While many of the details regarding the assault are unclear, the man was arrested, charged with fifth-degree misdemeanor domestic charge. The charge indicates that police believe the college student inflicted or attempted to inflict bodily harm upon his roommate. He was received at jail shortly after the incident and was still being held there the next day. The defendant’s football coach declined to comment on the matter.
Unfortunately, a domestic assault incident often results in one person’s word against another’s. As such, it may be difficult for law enforcement officials in Minnesota and across the country to accurately determine what actually happened. Because the criminal justice system demands sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, it may be difficult to meet that standard in a incident such as this. In the meantime, the young man now facing criminal charges will likely want an experienced criminal defense attorney advising him throughout the process.