Williams issued the following statement Monday:
The District Attorney’s Office must often make hard choices. The Asheville Tourists cases were first charged in August of 2013. These cases were passed by the former administration to my office for review on January 1, 2015. Upon completion of my review of these cases, in my discretion, I have elected to dismiss the charges filed against the Asheville Tourists defendants. Out of respect for the privacy of all involved I cannot comment further.
It was Bele Chere weekend when Mason and Meaux were alleged to have raped a woman at an apartment the two men shared. They were charged a week after the alleged incident. The case has lingered since.
Asheville defense attorney Al Messer, who represented Meaux, said Monday that his client “was adamaent from the beginning that he did nothing wrong.” The case lingered, though, and Messer said he and Meaux prepared to fight the charges at trial.
“We don’t know why it took as long as it did, but the new administration came along, did their own independent review and came to their conclusion that it wasn’t appropriate for prosecution,” said Messer, referring to the November election of Williams as district attorney. Williams replaced long-serving former District Attorney Ron Moore.
“We agree with that decision,” Messer continued. “He just wants the case to go away.” Messer said Meaux now lives in California, and “his baseball career is most likely over.”
Asheville defense attorney Steve Lindsay, who represented Mason in the case, said the two men cooperated fully with the investigation said he was glad to see the charges dismissed. “The charges should have been dismissed a long time ago,” Lindsay said.
“We are thankful for the result,” Lindsay added. “Unfortunately, there are some devastating consequences.”
“This is a guy whose dream was to play professional baseball, and he has probably lost his baseball career forever,” Lindsay said.