The case involving senior wide receiver Walter Powell was dropped late last month when a Calloway County grand jury issued no true bill.
The decision was announced Nov. 21 after the jury deliberated the facts supporting the charges filed against Powell.
Powell appeared in Calloway County Circuit Court Nov. 25 with his attorney Rick Lamkin.
Lamkin released a statement explaining the results.
“The grand jury made a finding that there was insufficient evidence obtained by law enforcement which could result in Walter Powell being convicted of any crime for which he is charged,” the statement read.
Powell was arrested Oct. 20 on charges of fourth-degree assault and theft by unlawful taking of less than $500 after an incident at the Calloway County Fairgrounds.
“From the inception of the investigation on Oct. 19, 2013, Walter Powell has maintained his innocence both to law enforcement when interviewed on the evening of the alleged events and, thereafter, to his coaches and the University,” Lamkin’s statement reads. “Numerous affidavits were obtained from many individuals who were in the presence of both the complainant and Mr. Powell, which clearly showed Walter Powell did not commit the acts complained of.”
“In hindsight, had law enforcement been able to interview the additional witnesses who were present at the time of the alleged crimes, this unfortunate situation would likely never have been lodged,” the statement continues.” Mr. Powell has been the subject of media scrutiny both locally and across the state and nation.”
Powell remained on the team after his arrest. However, he was injured and missed the final two games of the season.
Despite his absence, Powell was invited to participate in post-season all-star games.