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Harris charges dismissed

By Staff | Feb 17, 2012

Charges against former Shepherd University football player Tyler Harris have been dismissed in court.

Harris faced two counts of felony charges for possession with intent to distribute schedule I and schedule II narcotics, after police found Hydrocodone and Oxycodone in a vehicle he was driving, during a routine traffic stop Jan. 27.

According to Kevin Mills, Harris’s attorney, the case was dismissed by Magistrate Gail Boober in light of newly presented evidence, including witness testimony from the owner of the vehicle.

The unidentified witness provided written testimony that claimed both substances belonged to her and were in the vehicle without Mr. Harris’s knowledge.

“There was not evidence to support the charges if the case were to go to trial,” Mills said.

He explained that in order to charge Harris with either felony, the court had to find intent and clear knowledge of possession, neither of which could be proven.

Ultimately, Mills said that Harris, who has no history of distributing drugs, was appreciative of the “reasonable” view taken by the assistant prosecuting attorney Kim Crockett and arresting officers Harper and Cook.

Mills said they gave Harris the opportunity to move on and finish his education “without being bogged down.”

Mills described the decision made as an opportunity for Harris to “prove himself with his future good conduct.”

“He assured the court that he will take full advantage of this opportunity and successfully complete his education.”