Prosecutors dropped the charge of assault by strangulation or suffocation against former interim Nebraska football coach Mickey Joseph because the alleged victim refused to testify.

Joseph’s charge stemmed from a domestic disturbance in November at a home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The prosecutor informed Lancaster County Judge Laurie Yardley that the alleged victim sent an email in February saying she had decided not to testify.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph watches the action against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Erica Pruess, the prosecutor, confirmed that a law enforcement officer in Arizona tried to subpoena the alleged victim multiple times between March 22 and 27. However, the officer was never successful.

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The officer claimed to have seen someone leave the residence through a window on one occasion.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Joseph appeared with his attorney, Sean Brennan, via Zoom from a nearby office.

Police went to a Lincoln residence on the afternoon of November 30, two days after Matt Rhule was introduced as the new Cornhuskers coach, following a report of a domestic disturbance. Following an investigation, Joseph was arrested at another location.

Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph leads the team into the stadium walk before the Illinois Fighting Illini game at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph leads the team into the stadium walk before the Illinois Fighting Illini game at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Joseph was Nebraska’s interim football coach for nine games in 2022 following the firing of Scott Frost. Joseph was placed on administrative leave after his arrest, and the university announced two weeks later that he was no longer with the football program.

The alleged victim told police that she and Joseph were having an argument when Joseph pushed her onto a sofa. She said that Joseph climbed on top of her and placed her hands around her throat.

«He pushed me on the couch and strangled me,» he said, according to a police affidavit. She said that her breathing was impeded and that she was unable to breathe until she pushed him.

As she entered the kitchen, she said, Joseph grabbed her hair from behind and yanked her backwards, causing her to fall to the floor. In the process of falling from her, she said, Joseph struck her on the left temple with a closed fist.

Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph watches the team warm up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph watches the team warm up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Police said she had visible redness and swelling around her left eye, consistent with being beaten, and several strands of hair were noted to be attached to the top of her pant leg. She said her hair was ripped out of her when Joseph grabbed her.

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Less than two weeks after Joseph was charged, Priscilla Joseph filed for a legal separation in Lancaster County Court. A judge denied Priscilla Joseph’s motion to seal the records in that case.

Associated Press contributed to this report.