OAKLAND -- A UC Berkeley football player on Friday pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges that his attorney said are based on a one-sided account of a confrontation that started when the sophomore safety was attacked by the alleged victim's dog.
Darmaria Drew, 20, from Livermore, has been suspended from the Cal football team pending the outcome of allegations that he punched a fellow student in the face at least three times and fractured his jaw.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, which charged Drew this week with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, alleges that Drew attacked the student and kicked his 20-pound Jack Russell terrier mix during a fundraising event at a fraternity house on May 4.
"They are also some witnesses in the documents that corroborate Damaria's description of what took place and that is that the dog bit him, he tried to get the dog from biting him again, that the complainant confronts him, puts his hands on him and he defends himself," Drew's defense attorney Darryl Stallworth said. "We've got a classic case here of who's the aggressor, who provoked who, and I'm going to start doing some research now, interviewing some of the people who may not have been contacted yet, in order to get a clearer picture."
At his arraignment in an Oakland courtroom Friday, Drew told a judge that his name is spelled Damaria, and not Damariay like it's spelled on the Cal website. Drew is free on $100,000 bail and was ordered back to court for a pretrial hearing on May 22.
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