Charge dropped against BYU track star

Charge dropped against BYU track star



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An assault charge against a Brigham Young track star was dropped after the alleged victim had some misgivings about the case, a prosecutor said.

Kyle Perry, 23, was accused of getting out of his car and attacking a pedestrian with a mop June 14.

Perry pushed Thomas Wellington into a flower planter but only in self-defense, defense attorney Jim Bradshaw said.

Perry claimed he was hit with a pole from the bucket of Wellington's window-washing tools.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Wellington departed soon after giving testimony.

"There are many things about testifying in court that can be disconcerting to individuals. ... He decided that it would be in his best interest to have the case dismissed," prosecutor Curtis Larson said.

Wellington also didn't want to "ruin Perry's life" with the case, Larson said.

Perry said he was grateful to everyone who "believed in my character and believed I didn't do what" was alleged.

In 2006, Perry won the Mountain West Conference title in the 1,500-meter run. He finished 12th in the same event at the NCAA track championship. His performances were limited this past season by injuries.

------ Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-08-15-07 1751MDT

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