Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Georgia duo cleared

September 4, 2002


— Two Georgia basketball players charged in a rape were cleared a week after a football player at the school was acquitted in the case.

Charges against Steve Thomas and Tony Cole were dropped Friday by Superior Court judge Steve Jones after a request by district attorney Ken Mauldin.

The inability to convict football player Brandon Williams led to the decision to dismiss the charges against Thomas and Cole.

Thomas was charged with the rape of a female student in a Georgia dormitory in January. Cole faced a felony charge of aggravated assault with intent to commit rape. Both men are 21.

Williams, also 21, was acquitted on Aug. 23.

"It is highly unlikely that any other jury would reach a different result," Mauldin said in his dismissal request. "Therefore, the cases against the two remaining defendants are hereby dismissed, there not being sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

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