Jermell Charlo Charged With Domestic Violence
Weeks before Jermell Charlo would defend his junior middleweight title, he was arrested on felony charges of domestic violence.
Charlo will face a Dallas County judge on August 1st, in the first hearing, per ESPN.
Charlo defeated Austin Trout on June 9th at the Staples Center, but on May 18th, Charlo was arrested for allegedly trying to choke then girlfriend, Jazmyne Olison, posted a $20,000 bond and was released. Charlo faces one felony charge of assault on a family or house member with intent to impede circulation, according to Dallas County Police deputy Raul Reyna.
According to the grand jury indictment, Charlo allegedly squeezed Olison’s neck and forced her against a fence, floor and railing “on or about” May 17. He also allegedly pulled her hair.
“[Charlo] committed the said offense by intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly impeding [Olison’s] normal breathing and circulation of blood by applying pressure to [her] throat and neck and by blocking [her] nose and mouth,” the indictment read.
“Jermell is not guilty and is looking forward to his day in court,” Dallas attorney Mike Howard, who is representing Charlo, told ESPN. “The evidence in this case is clear and conclusive and doesn’t support these allegations. In this day and age, it’s so important to let all the facts come out before making judgments. We look forward to those facts coming out in court.”
Howard said the Aug. 1 hearing is a preliminary hearing that Charlo may not be required to attend.
Olison filed for a civil protection order against Charlo on June 14, according to Dallas County online records.
Initial Report: ESPN