DA dismisses case against Shawne Merriman

September 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Reality TV star Tila Tequila’s accusations that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman choked her and threw her to the ground early Sunday, have been dismissed and the case has been dropped.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Friday afternoon there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Merriman committed a crime and decided not to file charges. Tequila had signed a citizen’s arrest warrant charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, both felonies, after San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on Sunday at 3:45 AM. Tila claims she was “choked and physically restrained” by Merriman after she tried to leave his residence.  Merriman, in a statement, had said he was trying to restrain Nguyen from leaving his home while drunk. Merriman, 25, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2006, when he led the league with 17 sacks.


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