Basketball player's ex-girlfriend files another charge

July 15, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

A second battery charge has been lodged against Bullets basketball player David Wingate by his former girlfriend.

Tyra Holland filed the charge yesterday, alleging that Mr. Wingate punched her repeatedly last week after she went to his Columbia home to pick up her belongings.

Ms. Holland of the 9400 block of Farewell Road in Columbia filed similar charges last month, alleging that Mr. Wingate punched her during an April domestic argument at his house.

A Sept. 24 court date has been set on the first charge.

Mr. Wingate, 28, graduated from Dunbar High School and Georgetown University.

He is an unrestricted free agent seeking a three-year, $2.5 million contract to stay with the Bullets.

He has been charged twice with rape since 1990. Charges were dropped in both cases.

A warrant for Mr. Wingate's arrest was issued last week. Philip A. Armstrong, his lawyer, said the basketball player will surrender at police headquarters next week.

The Bullets issued a statement yesterday saying that team officials "have not received or reviewed any information regarding the allegations involving David Wingate, and therefore have no comment at this time."

According to a statement, Ms. Holland filed in District Court, she went to Mr. Wingate's home in the 5700 block of April Journey Way at 1 a.m. July 7 to talk about their child and to reclaim some property. She was met at the door by Mr. Wingate, who started cursing at her and asking what she wanted.

After Ms. Holland said she wanted to reclaim her belongings, Mr. Wingate told her to leave or else he would hurt her, according to court records.

A woman who was lying on the couch in Mr. Wingate's house left the room, and Mr. Wingate grabbed Ms. Holland and punched her in the face, the complaint alleges.

According to court records, Mr. Wingate kicked Ms. Holland on her left leg, causing her to fall off his porch and into a window. He grabbed her again and punched the left side of her face, according to court records.

Mr. Armstrong disputes the accusations.

"To my knowledge, she punched her hand through the window, and many witnesses have said so," he said. "Mr. Wingate wasn't really near the window."

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