DALLAS — An attorney for former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel calls the indictment against him "incredible" and said Tuesday that way it has been handled so far suggests there are problems with the case.
Manziel was indicted Tuesday on allegations by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley that he hit her and threatened to kill her in late January. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear, and the indictment accuses him "forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard."
Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence, which carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel's attorneys said their client will plead not guilty.
Attorney Robert Hinton told the Associated Press that he thought police and prosecutors had treated the case as though they didn't want it to go forward. Lawyers who aren't involved in the case have noted that Dallas police chose to refer their case to a grand jury rather than arrest Manziel outright, which is unusual for misdemeanor cases.
"If this were Johnny Smith, the district attorney's office would have declined to accept the case, in my judgment," Hinton said. "This is not a very credible case. As a matter of fact, it's incredible. There's just not much to it."
Hinton said he did not anticipate making a deal to end the case before trial, though he said talks of any deal were premature.
Manziel is in Los Angeles but is expected to present himself for booking Thursday or Friday.
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