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Falcons player's domestic battery case headed to trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley is preparing to fight charges of domestic battery in a Gwinnett courtroom, documents show.

Boley, 25, waived an arraignment scheduled for today, opting not to enter a plea to charges leveled against him by his wife three months ago, according to documents filed in the Gwinnett Solicitor's Office.

By waving that hearing, Boley and his attorney elected to have the case forwarded on to a jury, a court representative said. No trial date has been set.

Boley, a strongpoint in the Falcons' sometimes porous defense, has enlisted some powerhouse legal backing.

Records show he's represented by Manubir "Manny" Arora, the Atlanta-based defender of Adam "Pacman" Jones and a legal analyst for ESPN Radio affiliate 680 The Fan.

Arora was trying a case and could not be reached for comment late Monday, an assistant said.

Police arrested Boley on May 3 after his wife told police he attacked her in their Dacula home. He was charged with domestic violence battery, a misdemeanor. He posted $1,200 bond the day of his arrest and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail.

Officials concluded an investigation into the alleged attack in June, but were on the fence as to whether they would pursue the charge or drop it.

Boley's wife, Chantelle Boley, 25, told police he grabbed her and pushed her against a wall and cabinet after she questioned his fidelity.

Boley, who has not publicly addressed the accusation, told police he pushed his wife out the door of his home after their argument escalated, according to a police report.

Prosecutors have said Chantelle Boley is legally able to drop the charge against her husband at any time but has elected not to.

Domestic battery is a misdemeanor unless the offender is convicted a second time.

Boley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 from Southern Mississippi, was among the team's premier tacklers in 2007.