Records Show TCU Center Had Previous Criminal ChargesAP , Associated Press
Sep. 13, 1996 4:19 PM ET
DALLAS (AP) _ Ryan Tucker, the Texas Christian center indicted with three teammates in the beating of another student, previously was in trouble with the law.
The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that based on Fort Worth municipal court records and eyewitness accounts, Tucker was accused in at least two other assaults and has received a public-intoxication charge over the past two years.
The May 11 beating incident occurred outside a Fort Worth restaurant. According to witnesses, four players _ Tucker, junior linebacker Jay Davern, senior defensive end Billy Thompson and sophomore lineman J.P. McFarland _ jumped Bryan Boyd from behind, rammed his head into a brick exterior wall, pummeled him to the parking lot pavement and kicked him in the head.
Boyd still suffers from a swollen brain, skull fracture and facial paralysis from the attack. He has since left school.
The felony charges of aggravated assault carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement that the university was not informed about the previous alleged incidents. No further action would be taken against Tucker, Mills said.
``The situation is too complex for any campus disciplinary proceedings to take place while the criminal justice process is already under way,'' Mills said.
Football coach Pat Sullivan, who let the four players remain on the squad, would not say whether he knew of Tucker's prior problems. Sullivan has declined to comment on the May incident, too, saying he would allow the legal system to run its course.
The first court hearing is set for Sept. 30.
According to Fort Worth police, Tucker was arrested July 29, 1994, for public intoxication.
On May 31, 1995, he allegedly assaulted Scott Meyer at a dance club. Meyer said Tucker punched him in the face with no provocation and he needed sutures for a cut eye. No charges were filed.
On Dec. 10, James Loftin identified Tucker as the man who struck him and another man several times with a heavy-duty flashlight outside another downtown bar. Loftin said he suffered three broken teeth, a broken wrist and needed stitches to close a cut over an eye. According to municipal court records, Tucker was given a citation for assault and fined $532.