Barber charged with assault from July house party, among other students

From staff reports

The Whitman County prosecutor charged WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber with second-degree assault Thursday and another football player’s charges from the same incident on July 23 were dropped.  

Whitman County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dan LeBeau charged Barber with the original charge that he was arrested for last summer. He will return to court for a hearing March 17. Barber faces up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000.

Freshman defensive end T.J. Fehoko, who was also reportedly involved in the fight, will not be charged by the prosecutor’s office. LeBeau said there was insufficient evidence to prove Fehoko had assaulted anyone at the party beyond reasonable a doubt.

According to, Fehoko is no longer on the team.

Another student who isn’t a football player, Aaron Ferrell, has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Ferrell was at the same party but was involved in an earlier incident.

LeBeau said two other students, Pedro Diaz and Dylan Rollins, were never charged with fourth-degree assault though it was recommended by the police.

Reporting by Katie Shadler