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Judge Gives King Conditional Discharge

February 1, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Charges against former NBA forward Bernard King for allegedly hitting his wife were conditionally dropped Tuesday after a prosecutor said King’s wife did not want to proceed.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Ellen Coin said she was adjourning King’s case for six months ``in contemplation of dismissal.″ If King follows her orders and commits no other offenses, the case against him will be dismissed.

Coin ordered King to attend 10 marriage counseling sessions with his wife. The judge also signed a limited order of protection that allows King back in his Atlanta home with his wife and child, but forbids him from accosting her in anger.

King, 47, was arrested early on the morning of Oct. 23 in a Manhattan hotel. Police said they were summoned by hotel security after guests complained about yelling, screaming and other commotion coming from the Kings’ suite.

The complaint filed at King’s arraignment the next day charged him with assault, attempted assault and harassment. It said his wife, Shana, suffered a cut with bleeding, and bruises, swelling and redness to her eye and forehead.

Coin adjourned the case after Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Davis told her that Shana King was uncooperative and ``adamant about having the defendant back in their house with their child.″

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