In Brief : Charges Against Lavette Reduced

From Times Wire Services

Kidnaping charges against Robert Lavette, who set the all-time rushing mark at Georgia Tech and played with Atlanta and Dallas in the NFL, were dropped and he was freed on his own recognizance.

Lavette, 25, who left Georgia Tech as its all-time leading rusher, receiver and scorer, was originally charged with kidnaping, battery and aggravated battery in connection with a Jan. 21 fight at an Atlanta hotel.

Atlanta police spokesman Keith Williams said Lavette was arrested Monday at the auto agency where he works in connection with a fight between Lavette and Arlecia Shephard, 24. At a court hearing Tuesday, Municipal Judge Andrew Mickle agreed to reduce the charges against Lavette to two misdemeanor counts of simple battery after Shephard sought to drop the kidnap charge.