TEDDY HART LEGAL UPDATE By Mike Johnson on 2020-04-27 15:02:00
Edward "Teddy Hart" Annis' court dates on numerous charges in Richmond, Virginia have been pushed back to Thursday 7/16 at 9 AM according to court records.
Annis' legal issues began when he was arrested in Richmond after being pulled over by authorities on 2/12. According to court records, Annis was charged with possession of a schedule III narcotic and possession with intent to sell or distribute. According to Virginia law, Possession of a Schedule III controlled substance is a Class 1 misdemeanor and can be punished with up to 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,500. Possession of a Schedule III controlled substance by a prisoner (Va. Code §53.1-203(6)) is a Class 5 felony, punished with up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $2,500. According to SwangoLaw.com, narcotics that fall under Schedule III in Virginia include anabolic steroids, ketamine, codeine, and hydrocodone. Court records also indicate Hart was charged with not carrying/exhibiting his registration card or license, improperly mounted license plates and failure to use lights with wipers. Those charges are still pending.
In a now-deleted YouTube video featuring a phone conversation between Annis and Manic, who he was in a relationship with, Annis stated that after the 2/9 Ring of Honor Free Enterprise event (which he was visiting at in Baltimore), he left Manic at their hotel in Maryland and drove to Virginia to get marijuana. He stated he was alone as Manic had "hit her head hard" during an angle where she was put through a table on the ROH event. Annis stated he was pulled over due to an ongoing issue with his license plate not matching the registration for his car, something he claimed had been "taken care of." Authorities searched his car and found marijuana and steroids. In the video, Hart stated he had a "prescription" but does not clarify which he has a prescription for. According to court records, Annis has charged with possession of a schedule III narcotic, possession (first offense) and possession with intent to sell or distribute. Steroids would fall under a schedule III description under Virginia law. In a previous video released by Manic several days before, she referred to steroids in Hart's car as being the reason for his arrest. Annis claimed that authorities have already discovered all is OK with his car and that it will be released back to "his company." Hart stated that he hoped to get the situation cleared up and get back to performing for fans as soon as possible, saying he was born to perform and make others happy.
Annis was released under house arrest, staying at an apartment that Virginia-area wrestler Pork Chop Johnson had arranged for him, only to be taken back into custody for violating the rules of his house arrest on 3/4 after Johnson had kicked him out of the apartment. Annis was released from that arrest on 3/19 and seven days later was arrested yet again.
On Thursday afternoon 3/26, Annis was arrested for the third time in six weeks in the State of Virginia. The victim in that case was named publicly as Manic, who Annis had been dating off and on for several months. Prior to Annis being arrested, Virginia-based independent wrestler Ace Montana posted a video on his Facebook page where he exits a house, telling someone (believed to be Manic) to lock the door behind him. After exiting the house, he confronts Annis, warning him that the police have been called and that "she would be pressing charges" while threatening Hart that he needed to leave. In the video, Annis denied ever touching Manic before heeding Montana's orders and leaving the immediate premises.
Montana wrote the following blurb for the video: "I literally had to pull my gun on #Teddyhart ?? and throw him out of my friends house?. This piece of sh** literally choked out and physically assaulted Maria Manic and would not let her get help. she texted me I’m in danger never ever did I think I would meet a piece of sh** like this guy who has now been arrested with a felony against him. I don’t think this guy knew how close to death he was. #f***youteddyheart This video is me kick[ing] him out before the cops came and arrested him???." Note - PWInsider.com has censored the expletives from the original post.
Manic later came out publicly to state that she did not wish to file charges against Hart and that she felt the entire situation has been blown out of proportion. Under Virginia law, strangulation is considered a class six felony with Annis potentially looking at 1-5 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,500. It should be noted that Annis was released on 4/3 by court order and there has been no court record regarding the third arrest that has been unearthed, so it appears that prosecution from the third arrest may have been dropped.
Hart/Annis was released from his MLW contract in December 2019 after several requests to be cut loose from his contract. He last wrestled in early February on an independent event in Florida, where he had been residing prior to his first arrest in Virginia.