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Woman recants abuse allegations against former Alabama player

The woman who accused a former Alabama Crimson Tide football player of domestic violence in March has recanted her allegations. The player was given two different domestic violence charges and dismissed from the team after the alleged incident.

The accuser, age 24, told Tuscaloosa police that the defendant, who is 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, became physical with her during an argument in her apartment on March 28, injuring her neck and damaging property. He was arrested at the scene. However, she contacted the police department again on March 30 to recant her claim that the defendant hurt her. She told investigators she lied about the details of the altercation. Charged with false reporting to law enforcement and held in county jail, she was released after posting bond.

The Tuscaloosa Homicide Department is handling the investigation of the case. A representative of the department said the charges filed against the former football player will be reviewed in a “timely manner.” A spokesperson for the Alabama football program indicated the defendant, who had previously been kicked off the University of Georgia football team over domestic violence allegations, could be reinstated to the team pending the outcome of the case.

Those who are charged with domestic assault can face serious and life-altering consequences if they are convicted. In addition to jail time and fines, a defendant could also lose current and future educational and employment opportunities. Anyone arrested for this type of alleged incident may benefit from retaining a criminal defense attorney. Legal counsel could examine the evidence in the case, including the statements of the alleged victim, for any inaccuracies and inconsistencies that could be used to build a strong defense.

Source: AL.com, “Jonathan Taylor accuser recants story, charges to be reviewed,” Matt Zenitz, April 1, 2015

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