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Trial set for Aug. 9 in the Terence Crawford misdemeanor case

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Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Terence Crawford’s auto-shop misdemeanor case is set to go to trial on Aug. 9 in Omaha, Nebraska, the boxer’s attorney, Steve Lefler, told RingTV.com on Tuesday.

The trial was originally supposed to start this week, according to Lefler. But he was able to get the judge to grant a continuance to push the date back. Crawford is in training for a big junior welterweight unification match against Viktor Postol July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO PPV.

Crawford (28-0, 20 knockouts) was charged with theft of services, criminal mischief, assault in the third degree and trespassing, all misdemeanors after he allegedly pushed an auto shop owner and caused $5,000 worth of damages to a hydraulic lift for an incident that took place in Omaha back in April.

“He was charged with a couple of misdemeanors and I’m negotiating with the city attorney now,” Lefler said in a phone interview. “We’ll probably resolve something. If we don’t, we have a trial set for Aug. 9, but I’m reasonably confident — I think the city attorney’s office is discovering the case isn’t as strong as they thought it was, so they’re (willing) to negotiate a little bit.”



Lefler said a settlement could be reached with the auto shop owner, Michael Nelson, which, if it happens, could change the priorities of the Omaha City Prosecutor’s Office, which did not immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday.

“The city attorney’s office certainly in Omaha doesn’t want to become a collection agency,” Lefler said. “So their position is we’re here to do justice. If this were a very serious case it would be a felony. It wouldn’t be a misdemeanor. So I don’t want to say it falls in the, ‘no-big-deal-category,’ but it’s pretty close. And if I am able to resolve the financial matter with (Nelson) then I don’t think the city attorney is going to care at all.”

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