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Ex-Patriot Accused of Hitting Wife

December 18, 2001

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CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) _ Former New England Patriots linebacker T.J. Turner was charged with hitting his wife and throwing a coffee table through a glass door.

His wife declined medical treatment, and police would not comment on the extent of her injuries.

Police charged Turner with two counts of domestic assault and one count of vandalism. He was arrested Saturday and released. He faces a pretrial hearing Jan. 7.

The 23-year-old player was accused of hitting his wife twice at the couple’s Cumberland apartment.

Turner, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, was drafted by the Patriots out of Michigan State in the seventh round last spring. He played in two games before being waived last month.

His agent is Richard Katz. A secretary for the agent said Katz was unavailable for comment.

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