Police are confirming where their investigation stands regarding a highly publicized fight on Charlottesville's downtown mall. This comes just a day after the men who were pegged as suspects - Malcolm Stevenson and Richard Spears - shared their story with NBC29.
On January 8, Stevenson and Spears turned themselves in at the Charlottesville Police Department and were charged with assault and battery. Police said during a press conference, based on their investigation, this is what happened the night of December 20: Victims Jeanne Doucette and Marc Adams were walking on the mall when Adams tripped. A group of men started laughing and mocking him. A verbal confrontation began, which led to a physical confrontation. A witness told police that Stevenson lifted Adams up and threw him to the ground. Police say Spears admitted to punching Doucette.
Police say their priority is making sure that all parties involved have a fair day in court, so they are walking a very fine line when it comes to confirming or denying any version of events.
Police say in terms of what happens on their side of things, the investigation is closed. When asked about additional charges being filed or charges being dropped, police say that those matters would be in the hands of the commonwealth and the court system in general. Police say it's important not to make assumptions about any case, because in situations of "he said" versus "she said," the truth is usually somewhere in between.
"If you give up a lot of the information that's very critical to a lot of the leg work that these investigators have been working on in this particular case, it jeopardizes the case, it jeopardizes a lot of aspects of it especially as it moves forward in the justice system," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts with the Charlottesville Police Department.
"So in the end, I feel like, I'm going to say what I have to say once and I'm going to let people see who I am and they can judge it based off that. I'm confident that enough people know me well enough that the truth will come out," said Stevenson.
The first court appearance for Stevenson and Spears is scheduled for February 5.
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Natalie Wilson joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2012.Full Story
Natalie Wilson joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2012. She is a proud alum of Howard University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Communication at Johns Hopkins. Email/ Full Story
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