Tag:Auburn Robbery
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:32 am
 

Former AU player McNeil faced lawsuit, evictions

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When he was one of four now-former Auburn players arrested in connection with an armed robbery March 11, ex-Tiger safety Mike McNeil had no criminal record beyond a speeding ticket. But as the Birmingham News reported today, that didn't mean McNeil wasn't facing his share of legal troubles.

According to court documents, McNeil and teammate Mike Blanc had been served with eviction papers and eventually a lawsuit by a former landlord. The suit resulted in a judgment against McNeil -- only days following his arrest -- for more than $12,000. McNeil and Blanc had also recently been evicted from a second apartment they shared with current Auburn cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who has been named as a witness in the robbery case.

Neither Blanc nor Thorpe have been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the robbery. But the living arrangement helps explain why Thorpe (along with teammates Mike Dyer, Anthony Morgan and DeAngelo Benton) has been named as a witness.

Living expenses like rent might be one of the uses for the proposed "full cost of attendance" scholarships that have become a hot-button topic the past week. But obviously they'll arrive far too late to make a difference for the likes of McNeil.

Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:37 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Indictments hit Harvey Updyke

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's been a big 24 hours for the legal system in the state of Alabama, as grand juries have handed down two high-profile indictments.

The first is of accused Toomer's Corner oaks poisoner Harvey Updyke, against whom a state grand jury issued six new indictments May 11, the Birmingham News reported yesterday. In addition to his previous district court charge of first-degree criminal mischief, Updyke now also faces "two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object, and two counts of a state law that includes making it unlawful to damage, vandalize, or steal any property on or from an animal or crop facility."

Updyke will be arraigned on the new charges May 26, with his trial currently scheduled to begin June 20. (The trees Updyke stands accused of poisoning are, unfortunately, not doing well at the moment.)



Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Four Auburn players tied to robbery, arrested

Posted by Chip Patterson

Just because we are in the offseason, that doesn't mean that Aubrn can't find a way to make it into the college football headlines.  On Friday, the Auburn Police Department issued a report that four Auburn football players had been arrested for armed robbery.

via APD
On Friday, March 11, 2011, the Auburn Police Division arrested four people and charged each of them with five counts of Robbery 1st Degree, one count of Burglary 1st Degree, and one count of Theft of Property 3rd Degree. They are identified as Antonio M. Goodwin, age 20, Kowaski Q. Kitchens, age 19, Michael A. McNeil, age 22, and Harrison D. Mosley, age 19. All list an Auburn address. At approximately 12:25 a.m. this same date officers responded to a residence located in the 2300 block of Lee Road 137 (Wire Road) in reference to the report of a robbery that had just occurred. According to the five victims present, three black males entered the residence with one displaying a handgun. Personal property was stolen during the incident. No injuries were reported. A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody. A pistol and the stolen property was recovered at the scene. Goodwin, Kitchens, McNeil, and Mosley were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where each is currently being held on a $511,000 bond.

Obviously all very serious charges, head coach Gene Chizik wasted no time to take action.  

"The players arrested in connection with this deeply troubling incident have been permanently dismissed from our football team," coach Chizik said in a prepared statement.  "While we realize the legal process will run its course and these young men have a right for their case to be heard, playing for Auburn University is an honor and a privilege. It is not a right."
 
 
 
 
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