DENVER — Denver Broncos girlfriend Jerry Judy asked a judge Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him over a disagreement between them.
The woman, who has a one-month-old baby with Judy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and had made contact with authorities to “monitor the situation”.
Jodi, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s suburban Denver home after his girlfriend said he locked some of her belongings and the baby’s belongings in his car, preventing her from returning to Virginia. He was arrested on suspicion of tampering with Mohsen’s domestic violence offense, a misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in prison so he could appear before a judge because of the benefactor.
Contigulia did not immediately decide what should happen with the case but did allow Judy to be released from prison and allowed to travel.
Terry Coombs, a spokesman for the 18th District Attorney’s Office, said Friday that the case is still open, and Judy is next scheduled to appear at a petition hearing on May 31.
After the hearing, Judy’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said that Judy had not done anything that amounted to a crime and that the domestic violence label should not have been applied to his case because there was no violence or attempted violence.
“Bad things happen to good people, and that is the case in this case,” Steinberg said.
The authorities said that there were no allegations of any physical violence. However, under Colorado law, domestic violence can include any crime committed against an intimate partner or their property that is used to intimidate, coerce, or seek revenge. The law also requires the police to arrest anyone suspected of committing such a crime.
Denying a partner access to money, personal belongings or medication to try to control them or prevent them from leaving are some examples of other types of domestic violence, said Roshan Kalantar, associate director of the Domestic Violence Coalition of Colorado Roshan Kalantar.
Kalantar said the mandatory arrest laws were developed out of concerns in the past that police were underestimating the risk of domestic violence or feeling powerless to arrest a suspect if the victim denied the abuse out of fear. But she acknowledged that some domestic violence survivors do not want to be arrested, which could lead to more violence against them later.
First-year Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of the rookie mini camp on Friday that he met Jody after his release from prison and “we’re going to move forward on this and we’re going to benefit from it as a team.”
Hackett objected when asked if Jody would face any team discipline: “You know, we’re going to look at all things and make sure we’re doing the right things. We’re here to support him and move forward from this.”