LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson says he plans to let a grand jury decide whether charges should be filed against New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, who was arrested in an apparent November domestic abuse incident in Lafayette.
Lafayette police arrested him after Smith and his wife, Racquel, got into an argument just after 2 a.m. Nov. 27 while leaving a nightclub, police said at the time.
Officers on patrol saw the argument escalate and then saw Smith grab the woman's hair, police said. Police identified the woman as Smith's wife.
Smith was booked on misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse and simple battery, police said at the time.
Harson told The Advocate that Racquel Smith and other witnesses have since come forward claiming to have information that they feel would be helpful to Will Smith.
Due to conflicting stories, Harson said, he plans to offer Smith, Smith's wife, witnesses and the responding police officers an opportunity to testify before the grand jury.
"I figured I just let everybody have their say," Harson said.
A grand jury could be convened later this month or early next month, Harson said.
In a statement released by the New Orleans Saints shortly after Smith's arrest, Smith has called the situation an "unfortunate misunderstanding" and "not a domestic issue." He said his wife was not injured as had been reported. Smith said he is confident "that the legal process will bear this out."
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