Tennessee Titans’ Justin Hunter found not guilty for involvement in Va. Beach bar fight

Posted at 2:23 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 17:26:17-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Virginia Beach-native Justin Hunter of the NFL's Tennessee Titans was found not guilty in a Virginia Beach court on Tuesday afternoon.

Hunter was charged with assault & battery after a fight that occurred over the 4th of July weekend. Prosecutors said Hunter punched a man several times at Sandbar Surf Bar at the Oceanfront.

A surveillance video was  a big piece of evidence in this case. You can see Hunter throwing two punches. Hunter says he needed to defend himself after he was aggressively confronted by a man and his friend. The Commonwealth says it was the other way around. They say Hunter started the fight.

Also in the video, you can see Hunter on the ground on top of another man who never pressed charges.

The victim, Anthony Blythe, was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

General District Court Judge Gene Woolard did not comment on his reasoning behind the not guilty verdict before reading it to the courtroom.

"I just feel like the whole legal thing should have been treated better, it could have been investigated a little bit better. You know all of that, he say she say. The good Lord was on my side," said Hunter outside of the courtroom.

A statement from the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's Office says they respect the ruling although they disagree with it.

"It is our belief we had sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," the statement said.

The Commonwealth says they respect the judge's decision although they do not agree with it.

The man who did press charges admitted that his story changed during conversations. He also admitted that he did not think that Hunter was the man who sucker punched him.


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