A battery charge against convicted teen-age bank robber Michael Scott Morrison, who was accused of beating a fellow Pierce College student, was dismissed Monday in Van Nuys Municipal Court.
The Los Angeles city attorney's office dropped the misdemeanor charge stemming from a Sept. 15 fight because, "apparently, the evidence indicated it was a situation involving mutual combat," spokesman Mike Qualls said.
Although Los Angeles police pursued the battery case against Morrison, there were no witnesses to the start of the fight between Morrison and Jason Gilbert, 18, of Canoga Park, said Morrison's attorney, Roger J. Diamond.
"They had no case," Diamond said. "The charge should never have been filed in the first place."
The fight apparently was the result of an ongoing dispute between Morrison and Gilbert, police said. Months earlier, when Morrison had been running for a post in Pierce's student government, Gilbert had quit as his campaign manager when he learned of a bank robbery in Morrison's past, police said.