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04-10-2010, 12:18 AM
Holmes case sent to attorney general's office
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, April 9, 2010

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 75747.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_675747.html)

The Florida state's attorney office will decide whether charges will be filed against Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes stemming from a March 7 incident at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

The Orlando police department sent the case to the state attorney's office today, and a review will start next week.

Danielle Tavernier, a spokesperson for the state attorney general's office, said there is no timeline for when a decision will be made regarding charges. The state attorney can request additional information from Orlando police. Also, Holmes was never arrested after Anshonae Mills accused him of throwing a glass of liquor at her and hitting her in the face with it following an argument at Rain nightclub.

"Non-arrest cases afford us a little more time to review," Tavernier said today.

Adam Swickle, Holmes' lawyer, said Mills tried to extort money from Holmes when she made the claim that he threw a glass at her. He said Mills attacked Holmes and that he has three witnesses who can back up Holmes' story that he didn't throw anything at Mills.

Swickle said, in fact, that a glass was never thrown at Mills. A man standing near her threw the contents of his drink at Mills to free Holmes from her, Swickle said. Swickle declined to comment on whether or not the man knows Holmes.

Jacques Cooper, one of Mills' lawyers, said a glass was "definitely" thrown at Mills during the incident.

Mills, 21, is suing Holmes for battery, assault and intentional infliction on emotional distress. The University of Central Florida student is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Swickle said he is confident Holmes will be exonerated after all of the facts of the case are reviewed. Swickle said he also expects Mills' lawyers will drop the civil suit based on the evidence he gathered during his own investigation of the matter.

Holmes, Swickle said, was simply targeted by Mills because he is an NFL player.

"This would not have happened if Mr. Holmes was an average man on the street," Swickle said.