Misdemeanor battery charge vs. Florida player dismissed

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Florida defensive back Brian Edwards. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun Correspondent]

By Kyle Wood, Correspondent

Battery charges against Florida cornerback Brian Edwards were dismissed Thursday due to insufficient evidence.

Edwards, a junior, was arrested by Gainesville police May 6 following an argument with his girlfriend in his apartment. According to a police report, the two got into an argument and when she attempted to leave, Edwards grabbed her by the neck to stop her.

The battery charge Edwards was facing is a misdemeanor.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said the victim denies any crime occurred and does not wish to prosecute.

The many witnesses that were interviewed did not see anything that would be helpful in the case with the exception of one witness whose story is inconsistent, Cervone said. That witness, he said, identified a “totally different person.”

“His credibility is questionable,” he added.

Edwards is expected to be a backup cornerback for the Gators in the upcoming season. The Hollywood, Florida native played in eight games in 2018 and recorded seven tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

The dismissal of Edwards’ charges wraps up a busy offseason for the football team in terms of legal issues. Jalon Jones, a freshman quarterback who has since left the school, was accused of sexually assaulting two women April 6. Jones was not arrested because the women did not cooperate with investigators.

Running back Lamical Perine was accused of battery of a tow truck driver in a May 7 incident. Those charges have since been dropped.

Otis Yelverton, who is no longer with the football team, was placed on leave after being arrested for aggravated cyberstalking. He was previously the assistant director of player personnel for the football team. Yelverton’s charges were dropped June 11 due to insufficient evidence.