Lawyers in Raptors’ Davis criminal case ‘hopeful’ for resolution

Toronto Raptors' Terence Davis (0) handles the ball during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

The representation of Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis II and a Manhattan assistant district attorney are “very hopeful” both sides can come to an agreement and resolve the case that sees Davis facing multiple charges after he was arrested in New York in late October following an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.

Appearing in court virtually Wednesday, Davis’ Counsel, Sandra Musumeci, and ADA Mellisa Reilly both appeared to show a willingness to resolve this case quickly.

“Counsel and I have been talking extensively about an offer that may resolve the case and we’re very hopeful that we’ll be able to resolve the case at the next adjournment,” said ADA Reilly. “We just need a few more weeks to discuss some details of the potential offer.”

In order to give both parties more time, Judge Michael Gaffey put the case on for trial, but, echoing what ADA Reilly said, Counsel Musumeci emphasized that this matter will likely be resolved before the need to go to trial.

“If it’s a long date I don’t want to wait for the entire time. I do believe we are working towards a disposition,” said Counsel Musumeci. “We have made a lot of progress and my hope is that we’ll be able to advance the case and resolve it much sooner than whatever date your honour sets.”

The trial date is set for Feb. 19.

As part of the proceedings, Davis was reminded by Judge Gaffey that there was still an order of protection in effect against him, and that he’ll have to continue to abide by all conditions of that order.

During his last court date, on Dec. 11, Davis was told that he must continue to “stay away” from the alleged victim in this case, but was allowed to have some contact with his son.

According to details from the New York Police Department, Davis allegedly was visited by the victim on Oct. 27 at around 8:30 p.m. ET at the Beekman Hotel in lower Manhattan, where the couple then got into a verbal dispute. Afterwards, Davis allegedly hit her in the face.

Shortly after hearing of these allegations, the Raptors issued a statement saying they “take these issues very seriously, and will fully cooperate and support the League in its investigation of this matter as we work to determine the appropriate next steps with our team.”

The NBA investigation is conducted independent of court proceedings and in accordance with the joint NBA-NBPA Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse.

Davis, 23, is entering his second NBA season and saw his contract for this season guaranteed on Nov. 29. He was an active participant during Toronto’s training camp and averaged 10.7 points per game in about 16 minutes of action per night during the pre-season.

On Tuesday, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said he expects Davis to be in the lineup for Toronto’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night.


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