Former WSU DL Robert Barber charged with second-degree felony assault

Robert Barber and one other man were charged in the fight that occurred last July, and brought greater scrutiny on WSU’s conduct board procedures. WSU football player T.J. Fehoko was not charged, but is now off the team

Former Washington State defensive lineman Robert Barber has been charged with second-degree felony assault for allegedly striking another man twice during a fight at an off-campus house party in Pullman last July.

Whitman County Prosecutor Dan LeBeau filed the charge last Thursday after an investigation that spanned eight months.

LeBeau said he received the case file from Pullman Police in October but that it took him a while to get through the material.

“There was more information in this file than 90 percent of cases I’ve worked,” LeBeau said in a phone interview Monday. “It was both complex and voluminous. There were 60 to 70 interviews, and with that many witnesses and that much chaos going on, it took a while to get through everything,”

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Barber’s first appearance in court has been set for March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Whitman County Courthouse in Colfax.

In the fight that broke out at the party Barber and numerous other WSU football players were at on July 23, Barber, who graduated from WSU in December, allegedly hit another WSU student, Jackson Raney, twice, causing a concussion.

Barber and another WSU football player who was involved in the fight at last summer’s party, T.J. Fehoko, were arrested on Sept. 16 and Pullman Police recommended charges of second degree assault. Fehoko was accused of breaking the jaw of WSU senior Alex Rodriguez.

However, after reviewing the case, LeBeau declined to charge Fehoko, saying that “while it was a tragedy what happened with Mr. Rodriguez, and he was injured, it’s my job to assess what the evidence shows, and I couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Fehoko is…

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