Basketball player, volleyball player charged in beating

Updated: September 5, 2007, 4:27 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Two female athletes at Baylor, a basketball and volleyball player, were charged with beating a woman in a park.

Basketball player Latara Shanica Darrett and volleyballer Ashlee Genae Cooper, both 19-year-old sophomores, surrendered to police Tuesday and were charged with assault causing bodily injury, police spokesman Steve Anderson said.

They were released from jail Tuesday on personal recognizance bonds, Anderson said. The Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Basketball coach Kim Mulkey and volleyball coach Jim Barnes were not available for comment, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Scott Fogleman said.

Fogleman said school officials are prohibited from specifically commenting about the case. She said any team discipline is handled by coaches.

Darrett, of Chino, Calif., confronted a woman Aug. 8 in Cameron Park about something that happened earlier in the week, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

During the argument, Cooper, of LaPlace, La., punched the woman in the face, and the victim allegedly pulled a knife to defend herself but then put it on the ground, the affidavit said. Darrett then jumped the woman, the affidavit said.

Cooper and another woman kicked and punched the victim in the face as she and Darrett fought, the affidavit said. The victim was left with bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth, police said.

The other woman allegedly involved has not been charged, but Anderson said there could be more arrests.


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