Charges Dropped Against J. Williams
UPDATED (8:55 p.m)
Both misdemeanor charges against Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams were dropped Monday afternoon. The case against Williams, 18, and four other teenagers involved in an incident nearly two months ago in Williams's hometown of Torrington, Conn., is no longer pending and charges against all five eventually will be expunged from their respective records.
Connecticut Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Devin Stilson nolled counts of assault in the third degree and breach of peace that had been brought against Williams stemming from his involvement in a fight between his girlfriend and another female the night of Aug. 8. Connecticut law mandates that nolled charges be open to the public for 13 months, at which point they will be permanently expunged.
"We're happy this has been resolved," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said in a statement. "Jordan is an outstanding person and a student-athlete who is a great representative of our basketball team."
Jordan Williams, listed at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, is expected to compete for playing time in the Terrapins' front court this season. Last year, Maryland relied on an undersize front court that consisted of 6-7 forwards Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne.
Since the start of school, Williams has participated in workouts and pickup games with other members of the men's basketball team at Comcast Center. He flew to Connecticut on Sept. 26 to turn himself in and was released on his own recognizance with the understanding that he would appear in court Monday.
The arraignment was rescheduled for Oct. 26 due to a scheduling conflict, but now no such hearing will be necessary.
Stilson "looked at all the cases and talked with all the parties involved and ultimately agreed that since they were all young kids and nobody had been in trouble before, nobody was really hurt and it was something where it was different versions of the story," said Bill Stevens, Williams's attorney. "But it certainly started with, for the most part, people there trying to keep a fight from happening, with the exception of the two girls who were fighting."
According to a police report, Williams and a friend left a graduation party near midnight on Aug. 8 and drove to Alvord Park in Torrington, Conn., where Williams's girlfriend and another female were meeting to fight. After the two females engaged and were wrestling on the ground, Williams pulled the other female off his girlfriend. At that point, the other female's brother approached Williams, having taken issue with Williams's involvement in the fight.
This is where accounts of the incident differ. The brother – names of the minors involved in the altercation were redacted from the report in accordance with state law – claimed Williams punched him in the face. Williams said, according to the report, that he and the brother were standing so close together that when Williams raised his hands he "accidentally struck (the brother) in the face with the back of his hand."
The brother sustained a cut to the inside of his mouth and a red mark on his face near his lower lip from the altercation with Williams, according to the report. The report said Williams suffered a small cut and bruise on the cheek under his left eye from an altercation with the female who had been fighting with his girlfriend.
"Kind of a strange set of circumstances, to say the least," Stevens said. "But I think it is a very fair disposition."
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