Kansas running back Pooka Williams applied for and was granted a diversion by the Douglas County District Attorney’s office for his domestic battery charge, Williams’ attorney Hatem Chahine said Wednesday.
Williams, who appeared in court Wednesday morning, had his next appearance set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 13. If he accepts diversion, it will be the end of his court appearances for his domestic battery charge and also would keep a conviction off his record.
In response to emailed questions from The Star, Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the district attorney, said the victim in the case was consulted before diversion was offered to Williams and she did not oppose.
“The defendant met the standard qualifications to be approved for consideration of a diversion as any defendant charged with the same offense,” Wright Kunard wrote, adding that the diversion agreement had been approved but had not yet been signed by Williams and returned to the district attorney’s office as of Wednesday afternoon.
The charge stems from an incident between Williams and an 18-year-old woman that took place on Dec. 5. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court, a KU police officer interviewed the victim at around 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 6, with the woman stating “she was punched in the stomach, as well as grabbed by the throat” by Williams at Stouffer Apartments on campus the previous day.