Mike Tyson wants legal woes to end

Jan. 21, 2004 at 5:43 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Mike Tyson, in a New York court on assault charges against two fans, said he wants to get the case resolved quickly, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"I'm just ready to get it over," Tyson said Tuesday as he left Brooklyn Criminal Court, where jury selection in the case against him was postponed until next month.

Tyson's defense attorneys suggested during the hearing that the matter could be resolved if Tyson and the other men involved in the case withdrew their testimony against each other.

Tyson and the other two defendants, Samuel Velez, 31, and Nestor Alvarez-Ramos, 24, are being tried separately for the June 21 incident that occurred after Velez and Alvarez-Ramos asked for Tyson's autograph. Both parties claim the other attacked first.

Losing Velez and Alvarez-Ramos' testimony would not necessarily end the case against Tyson, because there are other witnesses. If Tyson withdraws his testimony, however, there would be no case against the two fans.

Tyson's lawyers and the prosecutor told the judge they were willing to discuss a resolution before trial, which the judge ordered the two sides to do at once.

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