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Former OU football player faces assault charges
By Jessica Bruha
Posted:  07/07/2014 6:06 PM
  

A former University of Oklahoma defensive end with a history of domestic violence, faces two more domestic abuse charges after an incident July 2 in Norman requiring the victim to get her head stapled to close a wound.
Larry Dean Birdine Jr., 30, of Norman was charged Monday in Cleveland County District Court. His charges included domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.
University of Oklahoma police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in Kraettli Apartments when they found an adult female victim with blood on her head and face from a gash she received during the assault. Staples were needed to close the head wound, according to the affidavit filed with charges.
 The woman told OUPD she was on the living room couch working on homework when Birdine attempted to argue with her, but she didn’t answer him  in order to avoid conflict. Birdine then exited the living room and returned with a leather belt which he began to repeatedly strike her with all over her body, the affidavit said.
The woman yelled for help, at which point a child came out of his bedroom, but Birdine ordered the child back to his room. The filing information shows two children were present when the assault occurred.
Birdine then proceeded to grab the victim around the neck, pushed her in the couch and gouged her right eye using his thumb, the document states. At that point she told Birdine to stop.
“He then told her to ‘shut up’ and began to beat her about her face and head; striking her in the head with the belt buckle and causing the gash on her head. This allegedly caused the victim to lose her hearing and vision temporarily,” the affidavit said.
Birdine continued to hit her with the belt and then stood up. When the victim attempted to use her cell phone to call 911, he took her phone and left the residence on foot, the document states.
Police later met the defendant at a Norman residence and placed him under arrest. Birdine was arrested on complaints of three counts of domestic abuse assault and battery and one count of interfering with an emergency call, the affidavit shows.
Birdine’s history of assault and battery includes incidents in 2003 and 2009. He entered guilty pleas for both and received deferred sentences in both cases, online court records show.
He received a one-year deferred sentence for the 2003 charge in Oklahoma County and a three-year deferred sentence for the 2009 charge, which included domestic abuse assault and battery by strangulation.
Birdine was also ordered to have anger management counseling and be supervised by the District Attorney’s office to make sure he completed a domestic violence assessment and follow up for the 2009 case, records show.
Birdine was a defensive end for OU from 2003 to 2006. He also had a brief NFL career, entering with the Green Bay Packers as a college free agent in 2007. He was later signed by Tennessee and Denver in 2007 and by the Titans again in 2009.