Case dropped against Doug Johnson for lack of evidence
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.
The State Attorney's Office has dropped the case accusing former University of Florida quarterback Doug Johnson of taking part in the beating of a Gainesville man after a UF football game.
Spencer Mann, spokesman for the office, said a lack of evidence led to the decision.
"The prosecutor dropped it due to insufficient evidence," Mann said. "You have to be able to prove that the subject did the crime, and the prosecutor was unable to make that link."
Prosecutors also decided not to pursue charges against two others involved in the incident: Andrew Greer, 39, of Gainesville, and Megan Cranston, 35, of Jacksonville.
Johnson was accused in a sworn complaint of committing felony battery. "On behalf of my clients, Doug Johnson, Andy Greer and Megan Cranston, I can say that we are very pleased that the State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute the case," attorney Michael Finesilver said in an email to The Sun. "As I have said from the beginning, my clients were the actual victims in this incident."
Sworn complaints were filed against the three by the Gainesville Police Department in connection with the beating of Joe Cappelletti following the Oct. 6 UF/LSU football game.
The incident happened when two groups of people were walking on West University Avenue near St. Augustine Catholic Church and an argument began.
Cappelletti told The Sun shortly after the incident that his group crossed the street and was jumped by members of the other group, which included Johnson, Greer and Cranston.
Cappelletti said he suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries.
Finesilver told The Sun last month that his clients suffered an unprovoked attack during which Johnson was knocked unconscious. They left the scene for safety and continued to be pursued by the other group, Finesilver said.
Johnson, 35, attended Buchholz High School and played for the Atlanta Falcons after playing as quarterback for UF.