ASU football prospect arrested for domestic violence; woman recants story

New details are coming out about an Arizona State University Football Recruit, suspended after being arrested and accused of attacking his girlfriend.

FOX 10 has learned that Devon Durant's girlfriend went to the police, trying to change her story.

She says the attack was just verbal, but police say witnesses to the run-in, and the bruises on the victim tell a different story.

Even though his girlfriend says she gave false statements to the police about Davon Durant physically abusing her, that does not change the felony charges he is facing.

Detectives say the physical evidence, witness statements, support the original story. That Durant struck his girlfriend during an argument earlier this month.

Durant's girlfriend now says she made up the allegations of abuse because she was upset with the star linebacker.

In the March 6th police report, the 19-year-old woman told police Durant struck her one time in the face, and placed his hands around her neck, squeezing and making it hard for her to breathe while they were sitting in her sport-utility vehicle.

A man walking-by called 911 and told police he saw Davon grab her back the back of her head and slam her head onto the SUV's dashboard two times.

But Durant told responding officers it was only a verbal dispute. Three days later his girlfriend went to Tempe Police headquarters and told detectives she had actually lied to police because she was mad at Durant at the time.

When asked what part of her account she made up, she told detectives, "all of it," and called Durant, who she had dated for the past year, the sweetest person.

She said she made the report of of spite and wanted Durant to get into trouble, but now she didn't want anything bad to happen to Durant.

She told authorities the marks on her neck were hickeys, but police say they appeared to be marks left by fingers on the neck.

Despite recanting her story, Tempe Police believe the evidence speaks for itself.

"When you have the injuries that she had, but on top of that we had an independent witness that walked by say he saw Mr. Durant physically hurting this young lady," said Tempe Police Lt. Mike Pooley.

Durant's girlfriend also attended Butler Community College where he played before transferring to ASU. She moved out to Arizona and enrolled at ASU to be near him.

When she recanted, her story detectives warned her there could be legal consequences for giving false information to police.

Durant remains suspended from the ASU football team, indefinitely.
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