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Marshall receiver has charges dropped

Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 11:34 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Marshall wide receiver Troy Evans was arrested for four counts of armed robbery and one count of wanton endangerment in August after he allegedly went on a miniature robbery spree on the Marshall campus. Evans had been accused of brandishing a handgun and robbing four people on campus in a ten minute span.

Well, according to a release from Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles, as of Friday morning all the charges against Evans have been dropped. In the statement Chiles cited insufficient evidence and an alibi that was corroborated by seven individuals.

As you would expect after Evans was arrested for such crimes, he had been suspended indefinitely by the Marshall football team, and now much like the charges against him, Evans suspension has been dropped. He'll be able to suit up for the Herd this Saturday against Southern Mississippi.

"Troy is reinstated immediately," Marshall Atheletic Director Mike Hamrick said in a statement. "Doc Holliday and I have discussed this and Troy can play against Southern Miss on Saturday. That is Doc's decision."

Evans had 21 catches for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns for Marshall in 2010. He also scored 2 rushing touchdowns and returned a kick for a score as well.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:14 am

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

TDAISON, you're the idiot.  CBS owes this kid at LEAST as much coverage to the fact the charges were dropped against him for some very serious criminal charges as they spent reporting the charges and suspension when it happened.  I'm quite sure if you or someone you knew was in the same situation, you'd want the news you were falsely accused to be broadcast on the national news once the charges were dropped.  And Joe Mtneer, there's no reason at all to say this will be a lingering problem for the kid, or that his name is mudd, as you put it.  It's not like there's any remaining doubt about the kid's guilt or innocence.  He had SEVEN witnesses giving him an alibi for the time the crimes occurred.  The lingering question about this situation is not about the football player's involvement in the crime, but why he was arrested and suspended in the first place before his alibi witnesses were questioned?  And why was he even accused when he obviously had nothing to do with the incident?

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:19 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:05 pm

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

The problem for this kid will be the media will never let it die.  Everytime Marshall plays a game on TV, some idiot announcer is going to make reference to the charges.  His name is Mudd, so to speak.  And that is too bad.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:49 pm

Justice has been done

Hopefully, this kid won't have any lingering negativity attached to his name as a result of the original coverage.  Since, as it was posted already, he did lose a week of his normal existence to this, he is actually a victim of the actual perp.  Besides, if he needed the money that bad, he would have gone to THE Ohio State University, where he would have been paid more money per year than many of the professors.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:48 pm

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

I am glad CBS reported this, and did so in a manner that was comparable to the initial report on his arrest.  No doubt this kid wants equal publicity that his name is clear and clean.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:43 pm

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

Their coach's name is Doc Holliday?  That's great.  

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:31 pm

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

People see a headline and jump at it.  Everyone wants to be the first guy to say "See I told you so."  That reaction iswhat compells people in this world above all else.

Good to see the cops did their homework and rightfully exonerated this kid. 

Unfortunately, past the media, this kid still has the local rep to earn down.  I hope MU stands behind him and repeatedly  expresses their confidence in him.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:12 pm

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

The guy had to spend a week as an alledged armed robber (4 counts), miss a week with his team, miss his team's season opener (vs. the only other D-1 school in WV - WVU).  Why?  Because, apparently, he looks a bit like the guy that did it ... despite him saying immediately that he had nothing to do with it, knew nothing about it, and had 7 witnesses that could corroborate his alibi.

Hopefully, everyone that posted crap about how bad he and MU is and how MU should've known not to recruit him, will now take the time to write an apology and retraction.  Then again, not real likely, is it?

In the wake of the Duke LaCrosse case, I had naively hoped that people would give accused players the benefit of the doubt for at least a week.  Like I said, I'm naive.

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