Ex-Red­skin heads to trial af­ter many de­lays

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Local News - By Jane Harper Staff writer Harper can be reached by phone at 757-222-5097.

For­mer Washington safety ac­cused of beat­ing his girl­friend

VIR­GINIA BEACH — It's been nearly four years since for­mer Washington Red­skins safety Cur­tis Jor­dan was ac­cused of bru­tally beat­ing and chok­ing his girl­friend dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, leav­ing her in a pool of blood in her beach­front home.

Jor­dan, who had just turned 61 and was stay­ing at his Vir­ginia Beach home at the time, was charged with ma­li­cious wound­ing a few weeks af­ter the Jan. 2, 2015, in­ci­dent. He was ar­rested, then quickly re­leased on bond.

Since then, the case has lan­guished in the city's Cir­cuit Court, with the trial re­peat­edly post­poned. Dozens of mo­tions, or­ders and sub­poe­nas have been en­tered, cre­at­ing a moun­tain of pa­per­work.

A mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar law­suit was filed against Jor­dan by his now ex-girl­friend, Vir­ginia Beach or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon Jamie Alexandra Dale, nearly two years af­ter the in­ci­dent. That trial, too, re­peat­edly has been de­layed.

But the crim­i­nal case is fi­nally set to be tried Tues­day. Both sides have opted to have a judge, rather than a jury, de­cide it. It's ex­pected to last about three days.

Jor­dan, whose pri­mary res­i­dence is in his home state of Texas, has been al­lowed to travel ex­ten­sively while out on bond. He's trav­eled to Eng­land, Scot­land, Italy and Mexico, as well as mak­ing mul­ti­ple ex­cur­sions to Florida, Las Ve­gas and the Los An­ge­les area, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments in his court file. Most of his stays were in four- and five-star ho­tels.

His bond con­di­tions, how­ever, have been strict when he's in Vir­ginia Beach. He's barred from driv­ing in Croatan — the neigh­bor­hood where he and Dale own homes — and from com­ing within 200 yards of her. He's also re­quired to wear an al­co­hol mon­i­tor­ing de­vice when he's in town and must in­form Dale's lawyers of when he plans to be here.

The civil case was sup­posed to be tried in fed­eral court ear­lier this year, but got post­poned at the last minute be­cause of a con­flict the judge had. Richard Doum­mar, one of Jor­dan's lawyers, in­di­cated at the time that the de­fense planned to ar­gue Dale was the ag­gres­sor that night.

They claim she was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and con­fronted Jor­dan with a loaded gun. Any in­juries she may have suf­fered were the re­sult of Jor­dan try­ing to get the weapon away from her, ac­cord­ing to the de­fense.

“He was try­ing to break up with her and she wasn't go­ing to have it,” Doum­mar said. “He's telling the truth, his story makes sense, and we be­lieve strongly that she was the ag­gres­sor and that she was try­ing to kill him.”

Dale claims the beat­ing ex­ac­er­bated a pre­vi­ous brain in­jury, leav­ing her with no chance of re­turn­ing to her sur­gi­cal ca­reer and caus­ing a sig­nif­i­cant loss of in­come. It also has led to hefty med­i­cal bills, with more to come, and much phys­i­cal and emo­tional dam­age, ac­cord­ing to her law­suit.

Dale's ini­tial brain in­jury was caused by a car ac­ci­dent and was wors­ened later by a fall, ac­cord­ing to Stephen M. Smith, one of her at­tor­neys. She was forced to stop op­er­at­ing as a re­sult, but her con­di­tion had be­gun to im­prove in the months be­fore the as­sault, lead­ing her to be­lieve that she might soon be able to per­form surg­eries again, Smith said.

“It's re­ally tragic,” he said. “She's a bril­liant woman who loved be­ing a sur­geon. She was just start­ing to im­prove and was on the road back to do­ing surgery again when this hap­pened.”

Just how se­ri­ous Dale's brain in­jury is, and whether it was made worse by the al­leged as­sault, is ex­pected to be a ma­jor source of con­tention in the tri­als.

In the crim­i­nal case, the de­fense is­sued more than 50 sub­poe­nas to get med­i­cal and psy­chi­atric records from all of Dale's doc­tors for the past 10 years. Pros­e­cu­tors sought to quash most of those, call­ing them an un­war­ranted in­va­sion of Dale's pri­vacy. Some of the de­fense's re­quests were granted, in whole or in part, and some de­nied.

Many of the crim­i­nal trial con­tin­u­ances have been caused by the records re­quests, as well as the dif­fi­culty in try­ing to co­or­di­nate the sched­ules of all the lawyers, doc­tors, ex­perts and other wit­nesses in­volved in the case.

Jor­dan, now 64, retired from the NFL in 1986 af­ter play­ing 11 sea­sons, first for the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers, then the Red­skins. He was in two Su­per Bowls, in­clud­ing Su­per Bowl XVII in 1983, when the Red­skins de­feated the Mi­ami Dol­phins.

His great­est fi­nan­cial suc­cess, how­ever, has come off the foot­ball field, as the owner of mul­ti­ple restau­rants and other busi­nesses. Most are in his home­town of Lub­bock, Tex.

Jor­dan and Dale be­gan dat­ing about two years be­fore the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to her law­suit. Both are tall and ath­letic, with Jor­dan stand­ing 6-foot-2 and Dale 5-10. Dale is 16 years younger than Jor­dan.

On New Year's Day 2015, the two spent most of the evening go­ing to var­i­ous homes and restau­rants to watch col­lege foot­ball, the civil law­suit states. They went back to Dale's house some­time af­ter mid­night and soon got into an ar­gu­ment.

Dale claims that Jor­dan screamed at her, called her names and ac­cused her of flirt­ing with an­other man in front of him. She said when she slapped him, he be­gan to bru­tally at­tack her, tack­ling her to the ground and re­peat­edly slam­ming her head on the floor. When she tried to get up, he swept her legs out from un­der her, caus­ing her to fall and hit her head again.

She said she even­tu­ally was able to get to her bed­room to re­trieve an un­loaded gun. Jor­dan tack­led her again, took the gun and choked her un­til she lost con­scious­ness, the law­suit claims. Af­ter com­ing to, she fled to her bed­room and blocked the door with a chair. Jor­dan tried to kick it in, then cleaned up the crime scene and left with her gun, the law­suit says.

When Jor­dan re­turned early the next morn­ing, Dale said, she was ly­ing in bed, weak and bleed­ing pro­fusely. She said she begged him to help her, but he re­fused. He left af­ter clean­ing more blood from the scene and gath­er­ing some of his per­sonal items, the suit says.

Dale's neigh­bors be­came wor­ried when they did not see her that morn­ing and went to her house to check on her, the suit claims. An am­bu­lance was called and Dale was taken to a hospi­tal. Po­lice and other emer­gency re­spon­ders noted see­ing blood on the car­pet, a door frame, stairs and bed­ding.

Dale's in­juries in­cluded head trauma, ripped ten­dons and bur­si­tis of the el­bow, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by a de­tec­tive. The law­suit states that she also suf­fered cuts to her head, ears and foot, an an­kle sprain, a torn lig­a­ment and bruises all over her body. She was di­ag­nosed with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter­ward and has dif­fi­culty sleep­ing, Smith said. The brain in­jury also has caused speech prob­lems, he said.

“The in­tel­li­gence is still there,” the lawyer said. “She just has trou­ble ac­cess­ing that in­tel­li­gence some­times.”

Dale pur­chased a se­cu­rity and ther­apy dogs af­ter the at­tack, her lawyer said. “It's been a night­mare for her, and she can't get clo­sure with the crim­i­nal case drag­ging on for so long,” Smith said.

IRA SCH­WARZ/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

For­mer Washington safety Cur­tis Jor­dan played 11 sea­sons in the NFL. Jor­dan’s for­mer girl­friend claims the beat­ing ex­ac­er­bated a pre­vi­ous brain in­jury, leav­ing her with no chance of re­turn­ing to her sur­gi­cal ca­reer.

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