Less than a week after a Baltimore County District Court judge declined to press assault with intent to murder charges against a Towson State University football player, a county grand jury has indicted him on three felony assault charges.
Gregory Andress, a 6-foot 2-inch, 236-pound linebacker, was indicted yesterday on charges of assault with intent to maim, assault with intent to disable and assault with intent to disfigure, said Jason League, an assistant county state's attorney.
League said he did not seek an indictment on a charge of assault with intent to murder because of last week's District Court decision.
But because of the seriousness of the May 5 incident, in which Andress is accused of smashing another Towson State student's face into the pavement five times, the state decided to press for the other charges, said League.
Andress, 21, of Waldorf, is accused of beating up Kevin Greimel, 21, as the two men and a group of other students were leaving an off-campus party in the 1500 block of Taylor Ave.
Robert A. DiCicco, Andress' attorney, had argued successfully before District Court Judge G. Darrell Russell that because Greimel apparently started the fight, Andress was acting in self-defense.
Russell agreed, rejecting an argument from League that it didn't matter who had started the fight because Andress had used "excessive force."
League said Greimel received a broken facial bone and numerous facial cuts that required stitches.
Initial reports of the incident said that Greimel's neck had been broken. But last week, Officer Joseph Yeater of the county police said that Greimel, who was treated at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, had not suffered a broken neck.