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Still no criminal charges against former WSU football player

PULLMAN, Wash - Six months after the fight that got him expelled from school and the football team, prosecutors still have not filed criminal charges against now-former WSU football player Robert Barber.

Robert Barber was part of an off-campus fight in Pullman last July. Pullman Police recommended he be charged with second-degree assault for punching another student; the hit was recorded on video.

The arrest led to the WSU Student Conduct Board expelling Barber and, initially, saying he would never graduate from the university. Critics of the board's actions said it was unfair to expel him when he hadn't been charged in the criminal justice system. After much controversy and criticism over the board's handling of Barber's case and others, Barber won a stay of the expulsion and was allowed to finish the football season. He completed his requirements and graduated in December.

KXLY4 News checked in with the Whitman County Prosecutor's office, who will make the decision about any charges Barber could face. They said Tuesday the case is still under review and no charges have been filed. 


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