Former first-round Bears pick David Terrell says he "got my life back a little bit" after a judge found him not guilty of drug and battery to police charges. “I felt great. . . I felt great. . . I felt like I got my life back a little bit,’’ said Terrell, 34, who is a single father and lives Lake Forest. Police said officers were responding to a call of people smoking marijuana around 1:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 16 when they found Terrell and two others in an apartment in the 3900 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Terrell was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a felony, and battery to police, a misdemeanor charge. Terrell’s attorney, Stuart V. Goldberg, argued there was no proof Terrell possessed marijuana and that the injuries to the officer were not caused by Terrell. He contended Terrell’s “mere presence’’ in the apartment and his holding the door closed when the police tried to come in were not enough to support the charges. “They had absolutely no facts other than a video showing him entering the building with two other men, one man carrying a black duffel bag,’’ Goldberg said. Judge Joseph G. Kazmiersky found Terrell not guilty on Friday. Terrell had faced 4 to 15 years behind bars if convicted. Terrell said the ordeal was “pretty embarrassing,’’ especially because he had to sit down and explain it to his 15-year-old son “Little Dave,’’ who was a freshman at Loyola Academy High School when Terrell was arrested.
Ex-Bear Terrell cleared of drug, battery charges: 'I got my life back'
Chicago Tribune | Feb 16