Derrick Washington set for bench trial in February

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | 4:55 p.m. CST; updated 2:38 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Former MU running back Derrick Washington is set for a bench trial for his third-degree domestic assault charges.

Washington is being charged for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, identified only as G.R. in police reports, the night of Sep. 11, according to previous Missourian reporting.

According to police reports, the dispute began after Washington picked her up from a bar and drove her to her residence. The two began arguing after Washington spit on her dishes, prompting the victim to demand “at least 50 times” that he leave. After repeatedly refusing to leave, Washington grabbed her by the throat and forced her into her bedroom and onto her bed. He then pinned her down, struck her multiple times in the face and forcibly pressed two fingers down on her eyes, according to police reports.

Washington will face Judge Deborah Daniels at 2 p.m. on February 16 at the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County. Punishment for the Class A misdemeanor is up to a year in Boone County Jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Washington also faces a separate deviate sexual assault charge filed in June. A hearing for that charge is scheduled for Monday.

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