DA drops case against fired Texas coach Beard
AUSTIN, Texas– A Texas district attorney on Wednesday moved to dismiss a felony domestic violence case against previous Longhorns guys’s basketball coach Chris Beard, in part since of the alleged victim’s wishes not to prosecute.Travis County District
Lawyer Jose Garza said that after an evaluation of the evidence, and thinking about the desires of Randi Trew, Beard’s fiancée, his office identified the charge of assault by strangulation/suffocation-family violence could not be proved beyond an affordable doubt.Editor’s Picks 1 Associated Beard was arrested Dec. 12 after Trew called 911 and informed officers Beard strangled, bit and hit her throughout a fight in his home. She later stated Beard acted in self-defense which she never ever desired him prosecuted. “Everyone understands that Coach Beard has maintained his outright innocence since the minute he was
detained, “stated Perry Minton, Beard’s attorney.”Additionally, this district lawyer has a well-earned track record for being really difficult relating to domestic violence cases. The reality that Mr. Garza’s review led to this determination so rapidly states a lot. We are very happy. “Garza protected his workplace’s record of pursuing domestic violence cases, noting it has actually protected more than 1,000 convictions in
household violence cases since 2021, with more than 200 individuals going to jail.”Our office takes all domestic abuse cases seriously to ensure justice for the victims, “Garza stated.”In every case, we are obliged to assess the realities and proof and do our best to reach an outcome that will keep the victim and our neighborhood safe. “According to the police affidavit in support of Beard’s arrest, Trew initially told officers he strangled her from behind to the point where she could not breathe for several seconds. The affidavit noted numerous visible indications of an altercation, consisting of bite marks on her arm and abrasions on her face and leg.According to the affidavit, Trew initally informed police”he choked me, bit me, contusions all over my leg, tossing me around and going nuts.”Her later declaration did not attend to why she
called 911 or numerous of the physical injuries explained in the police report.Texas suspended Beard without pay the day he was jailed. He was fired on Jan. 5 when Texas officials informed Beard’s attorney he was”unfit”to lead the program.A University of Texas spokesperson decreased comment Wednesday.Beard had 5 years left on a seven-year ensured contract that included a provision saying he could be fired for cause if he was charged with a felony or committed other habits unbecoming of his position or that reflected badly on the university.The university’s vice president of legal
affairs, Jim Davis, wrote in a letter to Beard’s lawyer on the day the coach was fired that Beard took part in “unacceptable behavior that makes him unfit to work as head coach at our university.”Whether Beard eventually faced charges would not identify whether Beard took part in conduct unbecoming of the school, Davis wrote.The Longhorns have actually been led by interim coach Rodney Terry because Dec. 12. They are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll and share first place in the Huge 12. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.