Nearly two months after Jared Sullinger was charged with assault and battery after an altercation with his girlfriend in Waltham, charges against the Celtics’ power forward were dismissed today during a hearing in Waltham. Jay King of Masslive.com was on the scene and has more details on today’s proceedings.
Deann Smith (Sullinger’s girlfriend) has repeatedly asked that the charges be dropped, and it was her refusal to testify against Sullinger that ultimately led to the case’s conclusion. Through her attorney, Smith informed the Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office that she would exercise her Fifth Amendment rights if called as a witness.
Citing Smith’s willingness to exercise her privilege not to testify, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offered no objection Monday to a motion filed by Sullinger’s attorney, Charles Rankin, requesting the dismissal of the charges. The Commonwealth made no argument to Rankin’s assertion that insufficient evidence existed to continue with the charges without Smith’s testimony.
Both Sullinger and Rankin declined comment after the ruling.
CelticsHub will be on the scene at practice in Waltham today, bringing you full reaction from Sullinger and his teammates on the dismissal of the charges.