Boxer Jermell Charlo Acquitted Of Family Violence Assault Charge

L.P. Phillips
March 21, 2019 - 1:20 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Dallas County jury has acquitted former Super Welter Weight world champion boxer Jermell Charlo of Richardson of a family violence assault charge. 

Charlo was the reigning super welter weight champion when he was arrested last May. His former girlfriend, Jazmyne Olison, said Charlo grabbed her by the throat and forced her against a fence then threw her against a floor and railing. 

Charlo's defense attorney says Olison did not go to the doctor and had no bruises when police arrived. 

"She never sought any medical treatment whatsoever. " said Mike Howard. "She never asked for a paramedic or a even a medical checkup. The police offered that to her, of course. And she turned it down. She said 'I think I'll seek medical treatment on my own.' but admitted during cross examination that she never did."

The charge was filed months before Charlo was to defending his boxing title, a fight he lost in December. Howard believes the pending criminal case could have played a role in Charlo's training. Charlo has denied the criminal case affected the fight.

Howard suggests money may have been the driving factor in filing the charge. He claims Olison called a civil attorney within a day of calling police.

"She, through her lawyer, demanded $300,000 from Jermell or we will sue."

That suit was filed and is still pending in Dallas County civil court. The lawyer in that complaint did not return a phone call for comment.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office has not responded with a comment.