Klein’s Request for Dismissal Denied
By Brandon Castel
Photo by Jim Davidson
Former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein is headed for trial after his request to have the criminal case against him dismissed was denied Thursday.
Klein, 21, was released from the OSU football program last month, but head coach Urban Meyer left the door open for a possible return if Klein is exonerated during his legal process.
The 6-2, 242-pound linebacker out of Licking Valley High School faces charges of domestic violence and assault, each a first-degree misdemeanor, stemming from an incident involving his former girlfriend, the mother of his child, back in early July.
According to the police report, Klein “violently and purposefully” grabbed the woman by her forearms before throwing her into the front door of his off-campus apartment. Klein's attorneys had filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying they believed the woman had changed her original story.
Klein’s defense claims the incident was an “accident,” and they believe the true story will prove their client’s innocence. Now they will have to prove it in a court of law. A trial is set for Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court. If Klein is acquitted of all charges, there is a possibility he could be reinstated to the Ohio State football team.
The Newark, Ohio native was scheduled to be a senior with the Buckeyes this fall. He started 10 games at middle linebacker last year, and finished ninth on the team with 45 total tackles. He also had two tackles-for-loss, a sack and an interception.
If he does return to the team, he would certainly be a backup, at this point, behind projected starter Curtis Grant at middle linebacker.
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