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Despite Kalib Woods sending two students to the hospital following an alleged fight, the wide receiver wants both his felony battery charges dismissed.
He allegedly fought students Adrian Muckle and Stephan Reese at a Boca Raton banquet hall in January. Woods pleaded not guilty for battery following his June arrest.
During his Monday hearing, Woods’ attorney claimed the football player acted in self-defense and did not start the fight.
Muckle claims in the police report that “Khaleb (sic) Woods initiated the whole assault because in the past I have received several threats from him in person multiple times and over social media (twitter) where he basically says at the next event he sees me he is going to assault me.”
After his arrest, the football team suspended Woods and he was placed under house arrest. He could only leave to attend class and university events, but had to be accompanied by a police escort at all times.
However, his house arrest was lifted during his hearing.
The Owls wide receiver claims he’s immune from punishment due to the state’s “stand your ground” law.
The law states that “the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”
Fellow wide receiver Kamrin Solomon missed the first 14 practices of the season after allegedly being involved in the same incident. While local police didn’t charge him, he couldn’t set foot on campus due to a trespass warning issued by the school.
He also received an undisclosed punishment from the university.
“He went through the whole university system,” FAU head football coach Lane Kiffin said of Solomon’s return. “They penalized him. We fully support that. I fully support their decision.”
FAU Football previously said Woods’ suspension will continue pending the results of his charges, but has not made it clear whether it would take him back if the charges were dismissed.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 14, during the Owls’ bye week.
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