Boxer Echols To Face Reduced Charge
Jun. 14, 2000
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) _ Antwun Echols, a leading middleweight boxer, will face reduced charges for allegedly hitting a man with a trash can at a bus station last month.
The charge has been changed from felony robbery to misdemeanor assault.
``There is nothing here that indicates an intent to commit robbery,'' said Jerry Feuerbach, an assistant Scott County attorney. ``It appears Echols was in the process of trying to apprehend this person before he left town.''
Echols lawyer Cathy Cartee said the boxer is pleased with the reduced charge but still intends to fight the assault charge.
``He still claims it's all garbage,'' Cartee said Wednesday.
According to police, Echols and three other people attacked the man May 20, repeatedly hitting him with fists and a trash can before taking $650 from his pocket.
Echols said at the time he was retrieving money that had been stolen from his cousin. He said he and the others were holding the man until police arrived.
However, because Echols is accused of violence, prosecutors will refile a charge of assault resulting in injury this week. Another man, Roscoe Lee, will face a similar charge.