Sacto 9-1-1
October 25, 2010
Sacramento DA won't file charges against Matt Barnes, his lawyer says

By Andy Furillo

Sacramento prosecutors decided today that they will not file domestic violence charges against Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes in his arrest over the summer following an altercation with his fiancee.

"In the matter of the arrest of Matt Barnes on Sept. 8 on domestic violence charges, the District

Attorney's Office announced today that no complaint will be filed," Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher said in a prepared statement. "The decision was made following additional investigation, and was based on the insufficiency of the evidence."

Barnes, a Del Campo High School graduate who went to UCLA and played for the Kings in the 2004-05 season, was arrested Sept. after Sacramento sheriff's deputies responded to his Fair Oaks home in response to a 911 hangup call. Deputies said there was evidence of a physical altercation between Barnes and his fiancee, Gloria Govan. She denied it in a statement that was released through a publicist.

Barnes had been scheduled for a hearing this morning in Sacramento Superior Court.

Tom Johnson, the Sacramenento lawyer who represented Barnes, welcomed the DA's decision.

"I think the DA's office tries to make the right decisions, and they tried to do that here," Johnson said. "We think it was the right decision."

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

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