Falcons' Owens cleared in domestic case

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A restraining order against Atlanta Falcon and Buford resident Christopher Owens was lifted Wednesday when his ex-girlfriend dismissed the case in court.

LaTia Terry, 22, implicated Owens last week in an alleged burglary at her Lawrenceville apartment that resulted in thousands in damages and ruined designer clothing, police said.

Terry also petitioned for a restraining order against Owens, 24, that mandated he stay at least 200 yards from her and their 9-month-old son.

Those restrictions were erased when Terry dismissed the case in a family violence hearing Wednesday in Gwinnett Magistrate Court, said Owens' attorney, Atlanta-based Randy Kessler.

Kessler said Owens has filed to legitimate the child and help raise him after his relationship with Terry soured.

"He's hopeful they'll work things out," Kessler said. "They're going to work through their lawyers."

Terry called police from her Colonial Grand at Sugarloaf apartment the morning of June 13 to report a burglary. She told police she'd left the prior night around 11 p.m. and found the apartment in disarray upon returning.

Police noted holes in the drywall, destroyed photographs, a busted flat screen television on the floor, broken blinds and a destroyed crib in the child's room. In Terry's bedroom, the master closet was piled with her clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry -- all still wet with bleach.

Terry told police the discolored clothing was designer brand and worth $15,000.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Wednesday detectives are still looking into the alleged burglary, but no charges have been brought.

Terry contacted various news organizations alleging that Owens was responsible for her ransacked apartment, though investigators did not call him a suspect, police said last week.

Should the case have gone to trial, Kessler said he'd have raised the possibility that Terry ransacked her own apartment, though he had yet to find proof that's what happened.

"That's certainly one explanation," Kessler said.

Terry could not be reached for comment Wednesday. A man who answered a phone listed as Terry's in police documents told a reporter it was the wrong number.

Owens, a defensive back, is entering his third season with the Falcons after being drafted in the third round from San Jose State. He was recognized by his team in December as the Atlanta Falcon of the Year for his community involvement.

Kessler said the situation will likely have no repercussions for Owens with the team or the National Football League.