Man Charged in Long Reach Assault to Appear in Court Friday

Donnell Vannison of Columbia heads to trial related to March 21 fight caught on video.

Donnell Maurice Vannison, the man charged with second-degree assault in an incident at that went viral online, is scheduled to appear for trial in Howard County Friday.

Vannison, 40, of Columbia, allegedly went to the high school on March 21 wearing a ski mask, attempted to assault a student and subsequently was knocked out, police said at the time.

Vannison reportedly left the scene of the fight “stumbling down the sidewalk” with “blood on his face” after he was knocked out by a 17-year-old Long Reach football player, according to charging documents.

School officials said at the time that the confrontation may have stemmed from an incident involving French fries being thrown at a 15-year-old female in the cafeteria earlier that day or earlier in the week.

The video of the fight quickly went viral on the Internet after it was posted to the website WorldStarHipHop.com.

By Aug. 9, the video had received more than 1.3 million views on the website.

Police did not charge the male student involved in the fight, stating he acted in self-defense.

A spokesperson for the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said records indicate Vannison will be representing himself in court. His trial is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at District Court in Ellicott City, according to court records.

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