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Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2008 at 5:55 pm •  Published: November 19, 2008
Allen Beckett said he was just enjoying a beer at his favorite Oklahoma City bar in June 2007 when a young man wearing a University of Texas T-shirt strolled in.

Beckett, a 54-year-old federal auditor and church deacon, said he good-naturedly ribbed the man, saying the Longhorn emblem on his shirt was upside down.

What ensued a short time later was a bar fight that left the Texas fan nearly castrated with an injury to his scrotum so severe it took 60 stitches to close and Beckett facing a felony assault charge and up to five years in prison.

The criminal case ended Wednesday when prosecutors filed paperwork to dismiss the charge against Beckett, saying witnesses had come forward who indicated the alleged victim, 35-year-old Brian Christopher Thomas, was actually the aggressor.

Messages left Wednesday for Thomas and his attorney, Carl Hughes, were not returned.

During a preliminary hearing in March, Thomas testified that Beckett taunted him relentlessly and that when he decided to leave, Beckett attacked him without provocation, grabbing his groin.

"I turned around and he grabbed a hold of my testicles," Thomas said at the time.

When a pair of bar patrons tried to separate the two men, Thomas said he heard a popping sound, looked down and saw a lot of blood.

"I saw a tear and an exposed testicle," Thomas said. "I panicked."

But District Attorney David Prater, who initially charged Beckett with felony aggravated assault, said witnesses have since come forward who said Thomas was the aggressor.

"So many witnesses came forward with stories counter to what the victim's story was and supporting the story of the defendant," Prater said Wednesday.

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