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Colts' Muhammad won't face charges with wife's death
Posted: Tuesday January 25, 2000 06:50 PM
Nichole Muhammad died Nov. 7 after injuries from a car accident forced her into premature labor. The couple's baby was stillborn and Nichole Muhammad bled to death following the delivery.
The Colts rookie was arrested 10 days earlier on three misdemeanor domestic battery charges. His next trial date on those charges is March 21.
Prosecutor Scott Newman said his investigation found that Nichole Muhammad's death was caused by a single-car accident. He said she was alone when she drove her car into a pole on Nov.4.
"There was a crash," Newman said. "There's no evidence to indicate Steve Muhammad was involved."
An autopsy last year indicated the alleged battery was not a factor in Mrs. Muhammad's death. But Newman decided to continue investigating Muhammad anyway, saying there were still questions that needed answers.
The defensive back has remained free on $30,000 bond and played for AFC East championship Colts through the team's playoff defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans.
Muhammad, primarily a backup special teams player, spent last season with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.