Oklahoma City Thunder: Guard DeAndre Liggins released from team, charged with domestic violence and kidnapping

DeAndre Liggins was charged with seven offenses Friday, including counts of domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery, in connection with an incident at his home last month.
By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer, mdinger@opubco.com Modified: September 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm •  Published: September 6, 2013
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Oklahoma City Thunder player DeAndre Liggins was charged with seven counts Friday, including counts of domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery, in connection with an incident at his home last month.

Liggins was also released by the Thunder, general manager Sam Presti announced in a team-released statement.

The charges against the Thunder reserve guard were filed late Friday afternoon in Oklahoma County District Court.

In addition, a second man involved in the domestic incident — who reportedly taunted and made fun of the victim in a partial cellphone recording of the alleged attack — was also charged, court records show.

Liggins, 24, is charged with three counts of domestic abuse, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of kidnapping and one count of violating a protective order.

Marcus A. Rogers, 23, was also charged as a co-defendant with Liggins on one count of kidnapping. Rogers is charged with an additional count of kidnapping and one count of assault and battery, court records show.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, an argument between Liggins and his girlfriend, Jasmine Horton, at the basketball player's Oklahoma City home on Aug. 31 led to Liggins grabbing Horton by the hair, pulling her out of bed, throwing her to the ground and punching her 11 or 12 times. Most of the blows struck the back of her head, the affidavit states.

Liggins left the bedroom and Horton locked the bedroom door, but Liggins kicked the door open, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground, where he again punched her, then stomped and kicked her on the head and back, the affidavit states.

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