Archive for Thursday, November 13, 2003

D.A.: Randle won’t be charged

November 13, 2003


No charges were filed against John Randle over a domestic disturbance call, but not because of Randle's status as a Kansas University football player.

"This decision was made based solely on the facts of the incident," Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said. "Had someone from KU called -- which it would surprise me if they did -- it would not have made any difference."

Kenney said she didn't plan any further action against Randle in connection with the Nov. 2 incident at his apartment in Jayhawker Towers. Randle was arrested and spent about 36 hours in jail before being released.

KU police said Randle's girlfriend alleged he pushed her, threw her onto a bed and put her in a headlock. The 20-year-old woman from Wichita, who also reported a $100 necklace she was wearing had been broken, suffered minor injuries, according to Major Chris Keary, assistant director of the KU Public Safety Office. Keary said the woman declined medical treatment.

After talking to both Randle and the woman, KU Police arrested Randle on suspicion of domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

"We would have to have probable cause to believe that an incident took place -- a broken necklace would indicate that," Keary said.

Randle was booked into Douglas County jail at 2:24 a.m. Nov. 2, and was released at 2:23 p.m. Nov. 3 after Kenney's office decided not to file charges.

"We received the report from the investigating agency the following business day," Kenney said. "After we reviewed that report, we determined that there was not sufficient evidence to file charges. We do not anticipate taking any further action."

Randle, a freshman from Wichita Southeast, played Saturday against Nebraska. KU coach Mark Mangino said after Wednesday night's practice that the freshman would play Saturday at Oklahoma State.

The Journal-World usually does not identify suspects in arrests unless charges are filed, but Mangino released a statement about the arrest Tuesday night.

"I have been notified that due to insufficient evidence, no charges were filed against John Randle," Mangino said. "Pursuant to the Family Rights and Privacy Act, we will have no further comment on this matter."

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