Steelers receiver Wilson agrees to drop PFA
By Bobby Kerlik
Monday, January 28, 2008
Steelers wide receiver Cedrick Wilson agreed this morning to withdraw a protection-from-abuse order against his ex-girlfriend after both parties consented to a no-contact order and shared custody of their 1-year-old daughter.
Wilson, who appeared in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, declined comment and left through a back entrance to avoid photographers.
Wilson filed for the PFA last week against Lindsey Paulat, 26, of Fawn, after she kept police at bay outside his Pine home during a 12-hour standoff. Paulat threatened to kill herself with Wilson's gun and fired the gun several times inside the home, according to Wilson's PFA.
Paulat is receiving treatment at Mercy Behavior Clinic and was not present in court.
According to the consent agreement, the former couple agreed to have no contact with each other and will share custody of their daughter, Amya Wilson. Paulat's custody will be supervised by her parents until a doctor agrees that Paulat can be with her daughter alone.
Wilson's attorney, Paul Goltz, said the argument stemmed from Wilson ending the couple's relationship.
"He's a peaceful guy," Goltz said. "Sometimes relationships have to come to an end."
Paulat's attorneys, Michael and Jerome DeRiso, said Paulat is improving with treatment.
"It was a build-up of a lot of personal issues," Jerome DeRiso said. "She's embarrassed and hurt."
Police evacuated parts of the neighborhood during the standoff, which ended with Paulat's surrender about 1 a.m. Jan. 20. The couple argued earlier in the day and Wilson left. Paulat then called a friend and fired the gun inside the house while talking, Wilson said in the PFA. Paulat's mother went to the home in the afternoon and Paulat again fired the gun inside the home. Her mother then left, according to the PFA.
Wilson also has a son, Cedrick Wilson Jr., 12, who has a different mother. Neither of the children were home at the time of the incident, police said.