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Former Bears receiver David Terrell charged with battery

David Terrell / Cook County Sheriff's office

David Terrell / Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: May 16, 2012 8:29AM

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly threatened to throw a former girlfriend off the balcony of his Near South Side apartment.

He was ordered held on $10,000 bail Saturday. Terrell, 33, was arrested Friday at 1:40 p.m. after he allegedly grabbed a 25-year-old woman, described as a former girlfriend, during an argument at his apartment in the 1700 block of South Michigan, Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli said.

The woman left the apartment and contacted police after she checked into Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Mirabelli said. The woman had bruises on her neck, chest and arms, Mirabelli said.

He said the woman told police Terrell verbally threatened her, but he could not confirm what exactly Terrell said.

Terrell’s attorney, Shady Yassin, said the woman accused Terrell of threatening to throw her off of the balcony of his apartment. Yassin said his client is innocent. “At this point it’s just a matter of one step at a time, trying to take care of everything,” Yassin said. “The law affords him the right of being innocent until proven guilty — and right now he’s innocent. The burden is on the state to prove their case against him.”

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound former wide receiver was ordered held on $10,000 bail after a Saturday bond hearing, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Terrell, who played for the University of Michigan, was the eighth pick in the 2001 draft. He played for the Bears, from 2001 to 2004.

Terrell’s best season was his rookie year, when he caught 42 passes for 699 yards and one touchdown — the same season the Bears exceeded expectations and posted a 13-3 record before the Philadelphia Eagles foiled the team’s title hopes in a divisional playoff upset. He was widely considered a bust as a Bears receiver.

His next court date is scheduled for April 30.

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