SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Dominique Hatfield, the football player the Utah Utes dismissed from the team after criminal accusations surfaced.
According to official court documents, the state received new evidence that "casts doubt" on Hatfield's guilt in the alleged crimes.
Officials said the evidence will require more investigation before proceeding in prosecuting Hatfield.
University of Utah athletics officials dismissed Hatfield from the football team after he was accused of armed robbery earlier in July.
Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham sent this statement to Fox 13 on July 10:
“We have developed further concerns about Dominique Hatfield’s off-field behavior, and as a result, he has been dismissed from our program.”
There is no word yet whether or not the university will reconsider its decision at this time.
Last week Whittingham said, “Given the serious nature of the charge against Dominique Hatfield, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program while we await further clarity from the legal system.”
The cornerback was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony aggravated robbery while using or threatening to use a weapon, according to Unified Police.
Officials said a victim agreed to meet the seller, Hatfield, to buy an X-Box from an online classified ad.
Unified Police said Hatfield allegedly pulled a knife on the victim when they met at a car wash near 635 W. and 3900 S. and demanded money.
The victim complied and gave Hatfield $180 who then allegedly ran to the Mountain Shadow apartments nearby.
Officers said the victim’s wife arranged another meeting with the seller, Hatfield, to purchase an iPhone at the same location as the alleged first robbery.
This time, Unified officers were there and arrested Hatfield.
No one was injured during the alleged robbery.