Former Baylor football player who was caught on video punching his football player teammates is on trial
A former Baylor football linebacker was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor assault, after video surfaced of him punching his former teammate in the head while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop last year.
Kris Davis was convicted of misdemeanor battery in connection with the May 2015 arrest of 18-year-old Jonathan Hahn, who was later charged with assault, robbery and burglary.
Davis was also charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, which are felonies if committed against a victim under the age of 18.
The charges were later dropped after prosecutors learned that Hahn did not suffer a mental disability.
“The facts in this case are overwhelming,” District Attorney John Covington said at the time of the arrest.
“The defendant in this matter is not a member of our community.
The defendant in the case of this incident is not an innocent person.
The facts in the Davis case are clear and indisputable.”
A jury deliberated less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict.
Davis was released on $100,000 bond.
Hahn is the son of former Baylor offensive coordinator Scott Hahn.
The two are currently in separate but related legal proceedings.
Davis is the first Baylor football star to be convicted in connection to a criminal case.
He was also the first to be arrested in connection.
In the video, which was released to the public on the Baylor website, Davis can be seen on his phone holding up his fist as he is handcuffed by a police officer.
The officer asks Davis if he is a suspect in a robbery.
“You can’t make me do this,” Davis replies.
Davis then punches Hahn in the face, knocking him unconscious.
Davis has pleaded not guilty.
Hahns attorneys have claimed that the altercation was an attempt to stop Davis from assaulting his teammate.
They have also argued that the fight was a result of a verbal altercation.
Hanna and Davis were teammates for one season in 2014 and 2015 before the two were dismissed from Baylor for violating team rules.
Davis, who turns 25 on June 5, was also arrested in December 2015 after allegedly breaking into Hahn’s car while the two boys were in the vehicle.
Davis has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of resisting arrest and one misdemeanor count of battery.