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Published June 13, 2013, 06:05 PM

Bison linebacker assault charge dropped, still facing separate charge

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A felony assault charge has been dropped against NDSU star linebacker Travis Beck.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A felony assault charge has been dropped against NDSU star linebacker Travis Beck.

He was charged after a fight downtown over the weekend that left one man unconscious.

State's Attorney Birch Burdick says he's dropping the felony assault charge after he saw the surveillance video and interviewed more witnesses. But Beck still faces a charge.

Beck was charged in Cass County District Court on Monday, accused of punching a man in the head multiple times in what began as a verbal fight in a downtown Fargo bar. Police reports say the man Beck punched was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside the Sports Bar.

Birch Burdick, States Attorney: “We thought we had sufficient information for it at the time, and that it supported a probable cause for charging him at that time.”

According to the complaint filed in court, multiple witnesses told officers at the scene that Beck was the aggressor in the fight. States Attorney Birch Burdick says the combination of additional interviews and video review, it was clear charges needed to be dropped.

Burdick: “On further investigation and for the reflection as I said earlier, it did not indicate, it indicated to us, all of that evidence that we could not both prove an aggravated assault on his part or disprove a claim of self-defense.”

Fargo Police Deputy Chief Pat Claus says based on the evidence at the scene, officers arrested Beck.

Pat Claus, Deputy Chief/Fargo Police: “At the time the officers were present, with the information they had available to them, the probable cause is it existed to make an arrest.”

Defense Attorney Bruce Quick agrees with Claus that Beck should have been arrested at the time but now applauds the investigation and the outcome.

Bruce Quick, Defense Attorney: “When it was charged it looked like there were some facts that were not discovered and we appreciate very much the states attorney office and the Fargo Police Department looking very quickly at the rest of the evidence and making a very informed decision that was clearly the right one.”

Authorities say alcohol was a contributing factor in this case. The state is still pursuing with the misdemeanor charge against Beck for resisting arrest.