Adrien Broner sees assault and aggravated robbery charges dropped
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 22/09/16 1:25pm
Four-weight world champion Adrien Broner will not stand trial for assault and aggravated robbery after the alleged victim failed to turn up to court.
The hearing was due to begin on Wednesday, but special prosecutor Michael Tranter revealed that the star witness was absent for the third time since proceedings began.
"The trial was supposed to start [Wednesday], but the victim did not show up. He was supposed to," Tranter told ESPN. "If they don't show up, for whatever reason, the judge can dismiss the case. I can't move forward without a witness.
"So the case is dismissed, but it could always be refiled if the witness comes forward or there is new evidence presented in the case."
The case relates to an alleged incident outside a bowling alley in January. The alleged victim claimed Broner assaulted him and robbed him of $12,000 in the car park having lost a high-stakes game.
A trial was initially due to begin on July 20, but Broner arrived to the courtroom three hours late, prompting Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman to send him to jail for 30 days.
The 27-year-old Broner (32-3-KO24), last fought in April when he stopped Ashley Theophane in the ninth round in Washington.