Judge dismisses charges against Steelers' Holmes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A judge dismissed misdemeanor charges of
domestic violence and assault filed against Pittsburgh Steelers
wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

Prosecutors requested the dismissal after concerns about
evidence and because Holmes had received anger management and
domestic violence counseling through the NFL, city prosecutor
Stephen McIntosh said Monday.

Holmes had been charged with assaulting LaShae Boone, mother of
one of his three children, in June. Boone no longer wanted to go
forward with the case, and another witness identified on the police
report did not pan out, McIntosh said.

A trial had been set to begin Monday in Franklin County
Municipal Court.

"It was a fair resolution given the evidence in the
prosecutor's possession and given Mr. Holmes' efforts," said his
lawyer, Sam Shamansky.

Holmes led Ohio State in receiving last season with 53 catches
for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a first-round draft pick by
the Steelers in April.