Hearing delayed for Nuggets' Tywon 'Ty' Lawson in domestic violence case

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Prosecutors were granted a delay in the domestic violence case against Denver Nuggets' guard Tywon "Ty" Lawson on Friday.

Prosecutors said deputies need more time to investigate the case, so the judge moved the next hearing to Sept. 13.

Lawson and his pregnant girlfriend, Ashley Nicole Pettiford, were arrested in a domestic violence incident at his home on Saturday night, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Robinson said the dispute appears to have involved yelling and screaming and damaging of cell phones.       

The conflict "was a mutual situation and as a result our deputies made the decision that there was probable cause to arrest both parties," Robinson said.

The 25-year-old Lawson was arrested on investigation of domestic violence-related harassment and property damage -- both misdemeanor charges, court records state.

The 24-year-old Pettiford was arrested on investigation of domestic violence-related property damage, court records state.

A judge issued a mandatory protection order against Lawson, prohibiting him from contacting Pettiford, court records state. A "mandatory injunction" was issued in Pettitford's case.

Each defendant was released on $1,000 bond.

After Lawson's arrest, Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly said in a statement, "We are fully aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson over the weekend. Per team policy and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."

In October, the Nuggets gave Lawson a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, according to ESPN. He was the Nuggets' highest scorer last season.

Lawson also had a Jan. 29, 2013 arrest in Denver for flight to avoid prosecution stemming from a traffic case in Arapahoe County, court records say. In that case, Lawson was cited in April 2012 for careless driving, driving with a license under restraint and permitting an unauthorized person to drive, records state. He pleaded guilty to permitting an unauthorized person to drive and the other charges were dismissed.

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