Jermell Charlo Found Not Guilty of Domestic Violence
A jury found Jermell Charlo not guilty of two counts of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend in a courtroom in Dallas, Texas, on March 20.
The former super welterweight champion was facing one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge of domestic assault for, respectively, allegedly choking and striking his former girlfriend, identified as Jazmyne Olison.
“He’s ecstatic,” Charlo’s attorney, Arnold Joseph, said. “As a matter of fact, he was offered an opportunity to plead guilty to a lower charge before the trial started. But he stuck by his convictions, because he knew he didn’t do it. He risked it all, because the outcome could’ve been catastrophic had he been found guilty.”
Charlo was arrested back on May 18, with Olison telling police the incident took place “on or about” May 17. Charlo posted $20,000 bond and was released that day. Three weeks later, Charlo defended his WBC super welterweight title against Austin Trout successfully before losing it, and his undefeated record, in a controversial decision to Tony Harrison back in December.
Joseph said the stress of the charges and case more than likely affected Charlo’s training.
“It certainly hangs over your head,” Joseph said. “This has been looming over his head for almost a year now, because the assault allegedly happened last May. So, who amongst us could focus on fighting or doing anything, especially something as serious as training for fights and fighting, with this hanging over his head? This is literally a difference of day and night between the person I’ve seen before the verdict and now. It’s a sense of relief.”
Charlo will now focus on a return to the ring and attempt to regain boxing gold, as he will have a contractually-obligated rematch with Harrison sometime this year, possibly in June.
Original Story: Boxing Scene