"My family and I are deeply disturbed about the misinformation and half truths that are being reported by media regarding the incident with my boyfriend. He has never struck me during our long term relationship. What happened on the night of September 27 was an accident and I went to the hospital for precautionary reasons. I never expressed any interest in pressing charges nor will I in the future press charges on this incident. I am fine and my jaw is not broken as is being reported. My family and I wish to put this situation behind us. Lace and I will continue our relationship and raising our son in a good environment. I respectfully request that the District Attorney's Office dismiss these charges, and further request that Baylor University lift their suspension."
-- Lacharlesla Edwards
Now, some thoughts:
- Edwards' claim that Dunn has "never struck" her is obviously false. He hit her on Sept. 27. People can debate whether it was accidental or just a heat-of-the-moment thing or whatever. But this much is true: Dunn punched Edwards in the face last month. For what it's worth, I'm told by sources that there is no history of domestic violence between Dunn and Edwards. That's good news. But that doesn't mean what happened on Sept. 27 didn't happen on Sept. 27.
- That Edwards "never expressed any interest in pressing charges" is irrelevant to this case because the police didn't need her to press charges. It's easier to convict with a victim who cooperates, of course. But Edward's cooperation was not neccessary to charge Dunn under Texas law.
- Edwards' claim that she went to the hospital for "precautionary reasons" is untrue, according to sources. She went to the hospital because she needed medical attention, period. I don't know if her jaw is currently broken. But multiple sources told me Edwards' jaw was absolutely injured on that night, and that she definitely required medical attention. She might be back to normal now. But she wasn't normal on Sept. 27, I assure you.