Johnny Manziel has had his share of off-field troubles recently and his latest foray on the wrong side of law enforcement could wind up costing him his NFL career. On Thursday Dallas police announced they had referred Manziel’s domestic violence case to a grand jury, but it is important to note that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has not been arrested.
Here is the statement from Dallas Police:
The investigation of the domestic violence assault involving Jonathan Manziel, which occurred on January 30, 2016, has been completed. Today, a Class A misdemeanor Assault/Domestic Violence case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for presentation to the grand jury. The Dallas Police Department will not release any details of the investigation while it is pending grand jury presentation.
A grand jury will now hear the facts of the case and decide whether or not Manziel will be charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. We have covered the latest incident several times (here and here, among many other stories related to it) so it’s not worth rehashing the minute-by-minute timeline of the night of January 30, 2016. But the fact that the police haven’t arrested Manziel could mean they don’t believe there is much of a case to be made.
Toby Shook, a Dallas criminal defense attorney told the Dallas Morning News he believes the police are, “…not confident enough to make an arrest. They want someone else to make the decision on whether there’s sufficient evidence to proceed.”
It will be interesting to see what happens next, and whether or not Crowley is called to testify in front of the grand jury. For now, Manziel has not been arrested or charged with a crime.