Ben Wallace's brother not answering brawl charges
January 18, 2005
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- The brother of Detroit Pistons player Ben Wallace is the only defendant in the brawl at the Pistons-Pacers game who has not responded to the charges.
David Wallace, 34, of Selma, Ala., is one of 12 people who were charged in the Nov. 19 ruckus that erupted after a fan tossed a drink at Indiana's Ron Artest. All the other defendants, including five Pacers, have filed appearances with the 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills in which they pleaded not guilty or stood mute.
As of this afternoon, Wallace had not filed anything with the court.
Wallace, who is charged with assault and battery, must show up with other defendants facing the same charge at a Jan. 25 pretrial hearing, Oakland County assistant prosecutor Paul Walton said. If he doesn't, the judge can issue a bench warrant, and Wallace will be entered into the state's police database, Walton said today.
However, he would not be immediately arrested in Alabama since the law does not provide for extradition from another state for a misdemeanor.
A message seeking comment was left for Wallace on Monday.
Wallace is accused of punching Pacers player Fred Jones from behind during the brawl.
Only one defendant in the brawl, Bryant Jackson, has been charged with a felony. His preliminary exam also is scheduled for Jan. 25.
Pretrial hearings for two fans charged with violating a local ordinance prohibiting spectators from walking on the playing surface are scheduled for Jan. 24.
Meanwhile, Auburn Hills police have received some leads on the identities of other fans involved in the brawl after photos were released earlier this month, Lt. James Manning said. He said more charges were expected.