Standoff charge amended for girlfriend of Steelers' Wilson
Friday, February 01, 2008
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Charges were amended today for the former girlfriend of Steelers wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, and she waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Lindsey Paulat of Fawn, who is the mother of Mr. Wilson's 14-month old daughter, remains free on an unsecured $50,000 bond, pending further proceedings.
She had been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in connection with a 12-hour standoff Jan. 19 at Mr. Wilson's home in Pine.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Evashavik today withdrew the charges at a hearing before District Judge Regis C. Welsh Jr. in Hampton.
However, police today charged Ms. Paulat, 26, with firing a gun inside a structure during the standoff, which also is a felony count.
The couple had been living together in Pine with their daughter and Mr. Wilson's 12-year-old son, said her lawyer, Michael DeRiso.
Their relationship soured because Mr. Wilson flaunted his accessibility to other women, Mr. DeRiso said.
On Jan. 19, the couple argued, and Ms. Paulat threatened to shoot herself with Mr. Wilson's pistol.
Since then, Mr. Wilson has filed for, and withdrawn, a protection from abuse petition against Ms. Paulat.
The two signed a consent order by which they would share custody of their daughter.
Ms. Paulat now is seeking criminal charges and a PFA against her baby's father on charges that he has harassed her and her parents, with whom she now lives.
Mr. DeRiso said Mr. Wilson has sent a number of cell phone text messages to her parents that are "very aggressive, insulting and degrading."
"He called her father a pimp," in one message, the lawyer said, and, "he said she was only good for one thing."
The messages, Mr. DeRiso said, are violations of the consent order.
Mr. Wilson's attorney, Paul Goltz, said his client sent messages to Ms. Paulat's father's cell phone in response to messages initiated from there.
He denied that any of Mr. Wilson's responses was vulgar or insulting.
"He's never been abusive to her," Mr. Goltz said. "They were trying to aggravate him."