Less than a month before Jermell Charlo defended his junior middleweight world title in June, he was arrested and charged with one felony count of domestic violence.
He faces his first hearing in the case Aug. 1, according to Dallas County Police records.
Houston’s Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs), who trains in Dallas, defended his 154-pound title for the third time by majority decision against former world titlist Austin Trout on June 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On May 18, Charlo was booked into Dallas County Jail at 1:43 p.m. CT for allegedly trying to choke his then-girlfriend, Jazmyne Olison. Charlo, 28, posted a $20,000 bond and was released. He faces one felony charge of assault on a family or house member with intent to impede circulation, according to Dallas County Police deputy Raul Reyna.
According to the grand jury indictment issued on June 19, Charlo allegedly squeezed Olison’s neck and forced her against a fence, floor and railing “on or about” May 17. He also allegedly pulled her hair.
“[Charlo] committed the said offense by intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly impeding [Olison’s] normal breathing and circulation of blood by applying pressure to [her] throat and neck and by blocking [her] nose and mouth,” the indictment read.
Charlo denies the charges.
“Jermell is not guilty and is looking forward to his day in court,” Dallas attorney Mike Howard, who is representing Charlo, told ESPN. “The evidence in this case is clear and conclusive and doesn’t support these allegations. In this day and age, it’s so important to let all the facts come out before making judgments. We look forward to those facts coming out in court.”
Howard said the Aug. 1 hearing is a preliminary hearing that Charlo may not be required to attend.
Olison filed for a civil protection order against Charlo on June 14, according to Dallas County online records.