Henrico County prosecutors have dropped charges against Robert Shelton, Louisa County High School’s varsity basketball coach.
It’s unclear whether the county commonwealth attorney’s decision on July 1 to drop the assault and breaking and entering charges in juvenile and domestic relations court means the case is over. The charge was not dismissed, which gives prosecutors the option of seeking an indictment in the future. But it also may indicate the case against Shelton was weak.
Shelton’s attorney, Ross Allen, did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment, nor did the Henrico prosecutor handling the case, Geneva Gnam.
Shelton, 43, was arrested March 13 and held in jail for eight days before he was released on bond. His estranged wife, Amel Shelton, accused him of breaking into her Henrico home and striking her.
The coach’s attorneys claimed in court documents that Amel Shelton had violated a court order to have no contact with him. Shelton had obtained the court order after Amel was charged in Chesterfield County with forgery and identity fraud. She was convicted of the latter charge, which Shelton alleged stemmed from her use of his information, on May 23 and given a five-year suspended sentence.