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Washington may seek venue change in assault cases for former Mizzou running back

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington may ask to be tried outside Boone County on charges of sexual assault and domestic violence, his attorney said Friday.  

He also hopes to appear before a jury in the felony sex assault case as well as in the misdemeanor domestic case if it goes to trial, defense attorney Chris Slusher said after a brief preliminary hearing. Washington did not attend.  

"In a case that receives this much publicity, we'd certainly consider requesting a change of venue," Slusher said.  

The one-time Tiger captain is accused of entering a former Missouri tutor's closed bedroom while visiting her roommate in late June and sexually assaulting the woman in her sleep.  

Two weeks after charges were filed in that case in late August, Washington was charged with two counts of domestic assault after an ex-girlfriend said he hit her in the face five to 10 times and choked her during a late-night argument.  

The senior was kicked off the team as Missouri prepared for its first football game that weekend. Missouri agreed to let Washington keep his scholarship but he soon dropped out of school.  

Boone County associate circuit judge Deborah Daniels had previously ordered Washington to attend all future hearings. Slusher said that the judge recently approved a written request that he be allowed to miss Friday's proceeding.  

Slusher told the judge earlier that Washington has sought counseling, moved back to the Kansas City area with his parents and enrolled in another school, which he did not identify.  

Another hearing on the felony charge is set for early December, with a preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor charges scheduled for Monday. Slusher told the judge he hopes to avoid a trial on those charges contingent on negotiations with prosecutors.
 

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