DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE AGAINST CABRERA DISMISSED
By Bill Center
June 12, 2012
Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera planned to rejoin the team in Seattle late Monday after his domestic violence trial was abruptly canceled in Arizona.
Prosecutors dismissed the case against him Monday in court, allowing him to return to the team in time for tonight’s game against the Mariners.
Cabrera, 25, had just arrived in Arizona from Milwaukee, where he went 0-for-3 on Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Brewers.
“We were ready to proceed to trial, but they (prosecutors) wanted to dismiss,” said Richard Suzuki, Cabrera’s attorney. “It lasted five minutes or so.”
No explanation was given by prosecutors in Glendale, Ariz. The charge was dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning the case against him could be re-filed at some point by next March. That doesn’t appear likely, however.
Suzuki speculated that the case was dropped because of “discrepancies about what happened that night.”
On March 16, Cabrera was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in Glendale, about five miles from the Padres’ spring training home in Peoria. Glendale police responded to a call early that morning about a fight between Cabrera and his wife. According to the police report, Cabrera assaulted his wife by hitting her in the face with a closed fist and slamming her head against the wall.
Suzuki said his client was defending himself. According to the police report, Cabrera said his wife hit him and had been throwing things at him, including a water glass that hit the wall so hard it made a hole in it. Police noted scratches on his left hand. “Everth later said he must have gotten them from her scratching him,” the police report states.
The prosecutors could not be reached Monday for comment.
By taking the case to the brink of trial, Cabrera took a risk, but it paid off for him in the end. He previously rejected a plea bargain offer from prosecutors and instead hoped to clear his name in court.
If he had been convicted, jail time could have interfered with his baseball career.
The trial was set for Monday in part to accommodate it. It was an off day for the Padres after Sunday’s defeat in Milwaukee. While the rest of the team headed to Seattle after the game, Cabrera flew to Arizona on his own.
By the end of the day, he was back at the airport, ready to return to the team after his one-day detour in the desert.
Source: UT San Diego