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Court to decide fate of Falcon
Linebacker accused of domestic battery

LAWRENCEVILLE - A month after his arrest on a domestic battery charge, the legal fate of Atlanta Falcons defensive mainstay Michael Boley rests with officials in Gwinnett State Court.

The court concluded an investigation this week into Boley's alleged May 3 attack against his wife. Boley, 25, was arrested in the early morning hours at his Dacula home after his wife, Chantelle Boley, told police he grabbed her and pushed her against a wall and cabinet.

Boley was charged with domestic violence battery, a misdemeanor. He posted $1,200 bond the day of his arrest.

Jeffrey Kwiatkowski, chief assistant solicitor general, said the court will next decide to either drop the charge against the Falcon linebacker or follow through with the prosecution. He gave no timetable for that decision. A determination is typically made in about a month, a court representative said.

Kwiatkowski said too many variables exist for him to comment on Boley's potential punishment.

"There's so many things that can happen," he said.

Boley's Atlanta-based attorney could not be reached for comment.

Kwiatkowski said Chantelle Boley is legally able to drop charges against her husband at any time but has apparently chosen not to do so.

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

According to a police report, the incident was triggered when Chantelle Boley accused her husband of cheating on her. The dispute left the woman with bruises on her upper back, but her injuries did not require medical attention, police said at the time.

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

Boley is a noted mentor to children in metro Atlanta and is a father of two, including an autistic son. No children were involved in the incident, police said.