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Charges dropped against former Jets, Pitt star Revis

Natasha Lindstrom
| Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Former New York Jets standout and Pitt alumnus Darrelle Revis (middle) arrives Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Pittsburgh Municipal Court for his preliminary hearing on felony assault charges stemming from a skirmish outside a South Side bar last month.
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Former New York Jets standout and Pitt alumnus Darrelle Revis (middle) arrives Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Pittsburgh Municipal Court for his preliminary hearing on felony assault charges stemming from a skirmish outside a South Side bar last month.
Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis

A judge on Wednesday dropped all charges against former New York Jets standout Darrelle Revis, who was accused of felony assault in connection with an early-morning scuffle last month in Pittsburgh's South Side.

"I'm just happy it's over," Revis, 31, said outside Pittsburgh Municipal Court in Downtown following a nearly two-hour preliminary hearing. "Now at this point, I can focus on free agency and be excited (about) what team I land with in the future."

Revis, who starred at Pitt after graduating from Aliquippa High School, added it would "be a dream come true" to play for the Steelers.

District Judge Kevin Cooper dismissed five charges against Revis, including two counts of aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and terroristic threats.

During testimony, Revis' childhood friend, Rashawn Bolton, told Cooper he was the one who punched the men in an attempt to defend Revis.

"If my friend's getting jumped, I'm going to drop everything and help him," Bolton told the judge.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 12 outside a bar near East Carson and South 23rd streets left Dallas Cousins, 22, of Kittanning with an inch-long laceration above his left eyebrow and a broken bone in his outer eye socket. Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, had a contusion on his right cheek. Witnesses told police both were knocked unconscious for about 10 minutes.

Cousins and Jarvis testified Wednesday they could not say who punched them. Neither could their friend and witness, Nathan Watt.

"I don't recall if it was Revis or the other guy," Watt said.

"It was a high-stress situation," Cousins said. "I just know that I was threatened."

"I'm not sure," Jarvis said.

Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Ed Scheid argued witness accounts and two cellphone videos captured before and after the scuffle were enough evidence to suggest Revis "solicited his boyhood friend for the purpose of having Mr. Cousins and Mr. Jarvis physically assaulted."

This phone video, captured at 2:29 a.m. Feb. 12 by 22-year-old Dallas Cousins, was entered into evidence Thursday during a preliminary hearing over an assault in the South Side last month. A judge dropped all charges filed against NFL free agent Darrelle Revis.


Scheid said "both (Revis and Bolton) fled the crime scene together" and neither called 911.

Bolton said he and Revis didn't call 911 because they "didn't think there was a reason." He said the men he punched no longer were unconscious and were standing when he and Revis left.

Robert G. Del Greco Jr., attorney for Revis, said the prosecution's case was "based on innuendo, assumptions, mischaracterizations and falsities."

"A video was taken that clearly indicates that Darrelle Revis was retreating and he was being followed by individuals," Del Greco said. "Believing that he was going to be jumped, he called his childhood friend, Rashawn Bolton."

Bolton testified that he and Revis had been at The Flats, a nearby bar, earlier in the night. He said he received a phone call from Revis saying, "They're following me and trying to jump me," prompting Bolton to rush to his friend's aid.

According to Bolton, when he arrived he saw one man on Revis' back and another around his waist; Cousins and Jarvis testified they were trying to get back Cousins' cellphone.

Bolton "acts appropriately, justifiably under the circumstances to prevent further injury to himself and Darrelle Revis, and knocks both of them out," Del Greco said.

In initial reports to police, witnesses said Revis had made threats such as, "I got more guys coming." They testified Wednesday that they couldn't be sure whether the threats were made by Revis or Bolton.

Del Greco said the witness accounts in court seemed to be "diametrically different and pathetically different" from earlier reports to police.

Casey White, attorney for Bolton, said he notified police and the District Attorney's office that he and his client will cooperate should there be a need for further investigation related to Bolton's conduct.

District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko declined to comment when asked whether Bolton would be charged.

The Jets released Revis last week. The recent charges reportedly didn't play a factor but rather his hefty contract and decline in play because of injuries and age, the Associated Press reported .

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514 or nlindstrom@tribweb.com.

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