UPDATE: Suspended MU tailback Derrick Washington arrested for domestic assault

Sunday, September 12, 2010 | 10:24 a.m. CDT; updated 6:37 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 13, 2010
Less than two weeks before his arraignment for felony charges, former MU tailback Derrick Washington was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault.

This story has been updated as of 5:41 p.m. Monday.

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police arrested suspended MU tailback Derrick Washington on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor, early Sunday morning. Washington was arrested after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend several times in the face with his fist.

Columbia police were called to the victim's apartment at the Grindstone Canyon apartment complex at 1:22 a.m. Police then arrested Washington at his home on La Mesa Drive in Columbia at 3 a.m., according to police reports. Police found Washington sleeping and arrested him without incident.


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Jill Wieneke, Columbia Police Department public information officer, said that Washington and the victim had a relationship for three years. 

Wieneke also wrote in an e-mail that the victim had swelling on her face and head, as well as blood around her nose and on her clothing. 

Washington was released Sunday morning after posting $1,000 bail.

Washington and his attorney Christopher Slusher have not returned phone calls seeking comment.

Missouri Revised Statute 565.074 says a person commits third-degree domestic assault when he or she does any of the following:

  • Recklessly physically injures someone, or attempts to do so.
  • Uses a deadly weapon or instrument to injure the other person with criminal negligence.
  • Purposely places the other person in "apprehension of immediate physical injury by any means."
  • Acts recklessly and creates a "grave risk of death or serious physical injury."
  • Makes contact while knowing the other person would find that contact offensive.
  • Knowingly attempts to isolate the other person by limiting access to other people, "telecommunication devices or transportation."

The arrest comes less than two weeks before the former starting tailback is to be arraigned for felony charges of deviate sexual assault.

Washington is scheduled to be arraigned on sexual assault charges at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Coach Gary Pinkel indefinitely suspended Washington on Aug. 26. Pinkel permanently suspended the tailback when the Boone County Prosecutor's Office brought the felony charges against Washington on Aug. 30.

MU athletics department policy states that a player cannot play with his/her team while facing felony charges. The permanent suspension does allow Washington to keep his athletic scholarship.

Missourian reporter Dieter Kurtenbach contributed to this report.

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Carlos Sanchez September 12, 2010 | 10:31 a.m.

They should have stripped that athletic scholarship from him.

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Marv Riemer September 12, 2010 | 5:50 p.m.

I have supported DWash since he was "permanently suspended" without due process, but this is just dumb, dumb, dumb!

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fred faurot September 12, 2010 | 6:43 p.m.

He should be asked to leave the community. Scum of the earth.

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Ally Bob September 12, 2010 | 11:28 p.m.
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lane collins September 13, 2010 | 8:41 a.m.
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Linda Ferris September 13, 2010 | 2:16 p.m.

No bargains allowed on this one. And, strip him of his scholarship, while you're at it, because obviously he is no scholar. . .

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Jeff Cook September 13, 2010 | 4:20 p.m.

Lane, if you and your friends knew this was going on for a long time and did nothing about it I'm glad i'm not your friend. Shame on you!!!

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Larry McGill Jr. September 13, 2010 | 4:53 p.m.

All darkness will be brought to light. Not saying your not the victim's friend Lane but we don't know you. We're just all random faces behind keyboards. You could be some random person that has a personal vendetta against Mr. Washington from a past experience and this could be your way of acting out. You could be telling the truth. Again we don't know. That's why I agree with Ally. Only God knows what has really happened between Mr. Washington and his relations. Hopefully there will be Justice. Either way.

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Nick Jungman September 13, 2010 | 5:29 p.m.

We've removed a couple of comments from this thread. I just want to clarify that they've been removed solely because they appear to have been posted under pseudonyms -- which is against our policy -- and not because we're passing judgment on the comments themselves.

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