A misdemeanor battery charge against former TCU standout KaVontae Turpin was dismissed Thursday by a New Mexico court, a Dona Ana County Magistrate Court clerk said.
Turpin pleaded down to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a March 2018 incident with his girlfriend, Raiesha Atwater. He had faced three misdemeanor charges in the initial arrest report: battery of a household member, criminal damage to the property of a household member (under $1,000) and interference with communications.
By pleading no contest to a disorderly conduct charge in the Las Cruces, New Mexico court room, Turpin will be placed on probation until October and must complete 30 hours of community service work by June. The property damage and interference with communications charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.
Getting the domestic violence charge dropped is a significant step for Turpin and his pursuit of an NFL career.
Turpin still faces a misdemeanor assault charge in Tarrant County from an arrest in late October from a situation involving Atwater. A grand jury indicted Turpin on the charge last month. A court date has not yet been set in Fort Worth.
If Turpin is able to resolve the Fort Worth charge favorably, that will bode well for his football future. NFL teams are hesitant to bring on players with red flags, such as pending legal matters.
Turpin has been preparing for a professional career since being dismissed from the TCU football team following his October arrest.
He trained at APEC and held his own Pro Day because the Frogs didn’t let him participate in theirs.
Turpin is TCU’s all-time leader in return touchdowns. He returned four punts and two kickoffs for TDs in his college career. He also finished 1,748 yards receiving and 13 TDs on 145 receptions, and had 318 yards rushing and three TDs.
Turpin, despite being kicked off midseason, finished second on the team with 410 yards receiving last season.