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Washington's attorney waives preliminary hearing

Friday, November 5, 2010 | 4:13 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Former MU tailback Derrick Washington will not go through a preliminary hearing and may not be arraigned in court for a felony charge of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Deborah Daniels accepted Washington's request to waive his preliminary hearing Friday.

Washington's attorney, Christopher Slusher, also submitted a written request to waive Washington's arraignment.

By waiving the hearing, Slusher said, the defense will be able to discover "more about the state's case" against Washington.

Slusher said they are contemplating requesting a change of venue for the felony charge because the case has received a lot of publicity in Boone County.

Washington, who did not appear in court, was accused of sexually assaulting the woman in June at the Campus View apartment complex.

The court also moved a court trial to Dec. 8 that was scheduled Friday for two misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic assault from a separate incident in September.

Washington was charged with the misdemeanors after allegedly striking his ex-girlfriend several times in the face with his fist.

Slusher said they are considering requesting a jury trial for the misdemeanor charges.


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