A man accused of stabbing Washington Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks in an altercation outside a nightclub has been released from electronic monitoring.
At a hearing in Superior Court in Washington Wednesday, a judge agreed to remove 24-year-old Jason Shorter, of Lanham, Md., from electronic monitoring and allow him to remain free until a May 18 preliminary hearing. Shorter was charged in February with assault with a dangerous weapon after an altercation outside The Park on 14th Street in downtown D.C. Banks and his friend Christopher Nixon were stabbed during the brawl.
Banks and Nixon hadn’t entered the nightclub when they encountered Shorter at about 3 a.m. Feb. 12. Review of security video showed Nixon throwing a punch after Shorter allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and, according to court documents, "armed himself by holding it behind his back."
After the punch was thrown, a club bouncer stepped in, but Shorter reached over the bouncer and attacked Nixon with the knife, according to court documents.
Banks suffered a collapsed lung and remained in the hospital until Feb. 18.
Banks's agent said at the time that the stab wound would not have any effect on Banks's career.