Assault charges against ex-Terp Davis dropped Teammate, now in WNBA, accused her in November

June 02, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

HYATTSVILLE -- A Prince George's County District Court judge yesterday dropped assault charges against a former University of Maryland women's basketball player who allegedly attacked a teammate.

Judge Josef Brown dropped charges against Kalisa Davis, 21, of Williamstown, N.J., accused of hitting McDonogh grad and former Maryland guard Sonia Chase, 21, during an incident after an Oct. 27 practice.

The twice-postponed trial -- for which Davis was charged with second-degree simple assault -- was originally scheduled for Feb. 23, then for March 2 before yesterday.

The charges were dropped as Chase, in camp with the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA, was not present for yesterday's proceedings, nor would she be able to participate as a witness anytime in the foreseeable future, according to prosecuting attorney Doyle Niemann.

While the state can bring new charges against Davis within the next 180 days, Niemann said the state has no intention of pursuing the case.

All of which suited Davis' defense fine. "We feel that this is the right conclusion in light of the circumstances," said her attorney, Wendy A. Cartwright of Bowie.

According to charging documents issued on Nov. 24, Chase had placed her coat on a bench and later moved items belonging to Davis that had been placed on top of it. When told that Chase or another person had moved her belongings, Davis made a threatening remark.

"Someone is going to get beat up tonight," Davis said, according to the police report, which says that Davis hit Chase repeatedly and bit her.

Davis was suspended for the first three games of the 1997-98 season, part of the reason for the Terrapins' slow start. The team lost its first two games, including one to Loyola, before limping to a 15-13 finish.

Still, Davis earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Pub Date: 6/02/98

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