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Boley facing August arraignment

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Atlanta Falcons linebacker charged with spousal abuse will face an arraignment early next month, according to documents filed in the Gwinnett Solicitor's Office.

Prosecutors have decided to move forward with the case against Michael Boley, 25, arrested May 3 after his wife told police he attacked her. Boley was arrested on a charge of domestic violence battery, a misdemeanor.

Boley's arraignment, where he could enter a plea in response to the accusation, is scheduled for Aug. 5 in Gwinnett Superior Court, a court representative said Thursday.

Officials concluded an investigation last month into the alleged attack, 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.

The dispute left the woman with bruises on her upper back, but her injuries did not require medical attention, police said at the time.

Boley was arrested in the early morning hours at his Dacula home. He posted $1,200 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail the same day.

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

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

Boley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 from Southern Mississippi, was among the team's premier tacklers in 2007. He tallied 109 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in his third full season with the franchise.

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

Boley has been profiled by national media as a frequent mentor to children in metro Atlanta. He is a father of two, including an autistic son.

No children were involved in the incident, police said.