Charges could be dismissed in bar fight case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The attorney for a University of Oklahoma football fan accused of nearly castrating a Texas fan during a bar fight in Oklahoma City says prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the charges.

Attorney Billy Bock says District Attorney David Prater notified him late today that he intends to dismiss an aggravated assault and battery charge against 54-year-old Allen Michael Beckett.

Beckett was accused of tearing the scrotum of 35-year-old Brian Christopher Thomas during a June 2007 altercation at a Henry Hudson's bar on the city's northwest side.

Thomas testified during a March hearing that he received more than 60 stitches and still endures pain, although there was no permanent damage.

Bock says a civil suit filed by Thomas against Beckett and the pub's owner still is pending.

First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland confirmed that prosecutors plan to dismiss the charges tomorrow. He says additional witnesses who were with Thomas on the night of the fight have come forward since the charges were filed.

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