Felony charges against former OKC Thunder guard dropped

Felony domestic abuse charges against a former Oklahoma City Thunder player have been dropped, prosecutors said.
by Matt Dinger Modified: February 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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Felony domestic abuse charges against a former Oklahoma City Thunder player were dropped Wednesday.

DeAndre Liggins, 25, was charged in Oklahoma County District Court Sept. 6 with seven counts, including domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery.

He was released from the team that day.

All seven counts were dismissed Wednesday.

District Attorney David Prater said he will refile the case as a misdemeanor domestic assault and battery charge against Liggins.

The victim in the case, Liggins' girlfriend Jasmine Horton, has left the state and refuses to tell prosecutors where she is, Prater said.

Horton also has changed portions of her story and denies others, which unraveled the case against Liggins, Prater said.

Liggins was accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the hair, pulling her out of bed, throwing her to the ground and punching her 11 or 12 times at the couple's northwest Oklahoma City home Aug. 31. Liggins also reportedly stomped and kicked her in the back of the head, and threw an Xbox and box fan at her, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A co-defendant, Marcus A. Rogers, 24, was accused of dragging her back into the house after she escaped twice, and also of taking a cellphone recording of portions of the attack, the affidavit states.

Rogers' two kidnapping charges also were dropped Wednesday.

Rogers, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Chicago, will not be charged again, Prater said. Horton now says Rogers did not touch her.

The incident was witnessed by the couple's 2-year-old son, according to the affidavit.

Defense attorney Tony Coleman did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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