Battery charge against Oliver still pending

Updated: August 4, 2004, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU defensive end Melvin Oliver has agreed to a yearlong restraining order that will keep him away from his former girlfriend. He also agreed to pay Bel Tyretta Leejay $100 a month for the support of their infant son.

Still unresolved is Oliver's simple battery arrest for allegedly backhanding Leejay earlier this summer in a store parking lot.

"I am not dropping the charges," Leejay said outside Judge Annette Lassalle's courtroom. "He hit me. I have the medical records. This bruise on my elbow is not going away."

Leejay requested and received a temporary restraining order, saying Oliver accused her of being with another man and pushed her to the ground June 18 when she met him to get their son. Police issued a simple battery summons to Oliver, noting that Leejay's right elbow was scraped and bleeding.

Oliver "denied hitting her or that anything physical happened, but he did say he was there and there was an argument," Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Kelly said.

The couple broke up about five weeks before the incident.

Leejay also wrote in her petition that Oliver has a bad temper, prompting her to seek counseling in the past for mental and physical abuse. She said in the petition that he has slapped her and beaten her with his fists.

Leejay, 20, and Oliver, 21, were scheduled to appear before Family Court Judge Annette Lassalle Tuesday for a hearing on a protective order. But they reached the agreement instead. The agreement doesn't mean Oliver admits any wrongdoing, his attorney told the judge.

Oliver's arraignment on the simple battery charge is set for Aug. 17 in Baton Rouge City Court.

LSU opens football practice for the 2004 season on Aug. 9, and Oliver, a junior from Opelika, Ala., is listed as a starting defensive end.

Coach Nick Saban said this week that Oliver remains in good standing with the team and is expected to practice with the team as scheduled.

"I will wait until the outcome of that (Aug. 17) hearing to make any further decision if I need to," Saban said. "Melvin has never been a problem with us. He's been doing everything he's supposed to do for me as part of my discipline for this."

Defense attorney Mike Walsh, who will represent Oliver at the criminal hearing, said the case is not about criminal behavior but rather "a disagreement between two young people that have a child together."

Leejay said she doubts Oliver will end up being punished because of his importance to the LSU football team.

"They haven't done anything to him," she said. "Of course its because he's an LSU football player. That's why they're not going to do anything."


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