Dallas grand jury to indict former quarterback Johnny Manziel: lawyer

Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:10pm EDT
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By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas County grand jury is expected to indict former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel on Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, Manziel's lawyer said.

Manziel, 23, is to be indicted on a Class A misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge, a lawyer for Manziel, Robert Hinton, said.

"He will plead not guilty," Hinton said.

The charge against the former Heisman Trophy winner stems from a January incident in which Manziel is accused of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill Colleen Crowley, 23. Crowley accused Manziel of hitting her so hard that she temporarily lost her hearing, court papers show.

Crowley told police she was assaulted at a Dallas hotel and then again while driving to her home in Fort Worth, according to a police report.

The case was referred to the grand jury, which hears evidence behind closed doors.

Manziel, known as "Johnny Football," was a standout at Texas A&M University and played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before he was dropped in March.

Known for his partying lifestyle, Manziel has been dropped by two agents this year, and media reported he was accused of causing more than $30,000 worth of damage at a Los Angeles home during a party.   Continued...

Oct 17, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game at Quicken Loans Arena.  REUTERS/David Richard-USA TODAY Sports/File photo