Update: Alleged victim says UF's Pierre-Louis 'not a danger'


Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

Ex-Gator player charged in choking girl posts bail

(Updated 10:15 a.m.)

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Wondy Pierre-Louis

ALACHUA COUNTY JAIL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former University of Florida football player Wondy Pierre-Louis accused of choking his girlfriend has been released from the Alachua County Jail after posting bail.

The former Gators cornerback turned himself in Tuesday on several charges, including domestic battery by strangulation. He appeared in court later that day.

Jail officials said he posted the $40,000 bail early Wednesday morning.

The victim initially told police Pierre-Louis choked her. She then disputed the claims when he appeared in court.

State attorney's office spokesman Spencer Mann said the victim disputing the claims won't change the investigation and charging decision.

Pierre-Louis recently completed his senior season but has not graduated. He's a native of Haiti.

Update: Alleged victim says UF's Pierre-Louis 'not a danger'

(Update posted at 10:50 a.m.) The woman that former University of Florida football player Wondy Pierre-Louis is accused of kidnapping and choking appeared in court Tuesday morning to speak in support of him.

"He's not a danger," his girlfriend told County Judge Walter Green. "I do not fear for my life." The woman said Pierre-Louis had a key to her home and did not break in the door.

Green reduced Pierre-Louis' bail amount from $185,000 to $40,000.

Ex-UF cornerback Pierre-Louis turns himself in

A former University of Florida football player turned himself in at the Alachua County jail early Tuesday and is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 9 a.m.

Wondy Pierre-Louis was arrested at the jail at 2:16 a.m. on a warrant charging him with kidnapping, domestic battery by strangulation, battery, unarmed burglary, and obstructing justice by tampering.

The crimes allegedly happened around 5:30 a. m. Sunday at the apartment of a girlfriend or former girlfriend in an apartment at 3700 Windmeadows Boulevard.

Gainesville Police Capt. Ed Book said another person who had been in the apartment fled. Pierre-Louis is accused of pinning the woman against a countertop and choking her, Book said.

"He makes some threats and she tries to call 911, but he grabbed the phone," Book said. "She was able to get away from him long enough to escape, run outside and call for help."

Pierre-Louis was a cornerback on the football team who recently completed his senior season. He has not graduated.

He is a native of Haiti and learned that his parents are alive and well after last week's earthquake, but their family home was destroyed.

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