The domestic violence case against former University of Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was dismissed by the Travis County, Texas, district attorney’s office on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
An official statement said District Attorney Jose Garza filed the motion to dismiss the case, saying the office «determined that the felony cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,» according to KXAN-TV.
Beard was charged with assault by strangulation/suffocation – family violence on December 12.
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“Our office takes all cases of domestic abuse seriously to ensure justice for the victims,” Garza said in the statement. «In all cases, we are obligated to evaluate the facts and evidence and do everything possible to reach an outcome that keeps the victim and our community safe.»
Randi Trew, Beard’s fiancée who claimed he had strangled and bit her, retracted her claim less than two weeks after he was arrested. Garza said that was considered in the firing.
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Trew said he took over in a «physical struggle» but «didn’t choke me.»
«Chris and I are deeply saddened to have brought negative attention to our family, friends, and the University of Texas, among others,» Trew said in a statement. «As Chris’s fiancée and his greatest supporter, I apologize for the role I played in this unfortunate event. I realize that my frustration in breaking his glasses started a physical fight between me and Chris.
«Chris did not choke me, and I told the police that night. Chris has said he was acting in self-defense and I do not dispute that. I do not believe Chris was intentionally trying to harm me in any way.» . It was never my intention to arrest or prosecute you. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers during this difficult time.»
Beard told police in a separate report that Trew hit him and he tried to grab her wrists to stop her.
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Beard was suspended indefinitely without pay after he was arrested, but the university ultimately decided to drop Beard as the domestic violence charge was still pending.
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Beard was in his second season of a seven-year contract after spending his previous five seasons at Texas Tech. He led the Red Raiders to the NCAA Tournament championship in 2019, losing to Virginia in an overtime thriller. Last year’s Longhorns team was eliminated in the round of 16 by Purdue.
Paulina Dedaj and Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report