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Murder Charges Dropped Against Former IU Football Player Camion Patrick
Updated November 9, 2017 8:26 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(TENNESSEE) - Murder charges filed against former IU Football Player Camion Patrick were dropped.

According to one of Patrick's attorney Kevin Shepherd, the facts of the case backed up that Patrick knew nothing about stabbing murder in his hometown in East Tennessee

According to the Daily Times, a newspaper in Blount County, Patrick's homicide charge was dismissed during a preliminary hearing Tuesday night.

"Blount County General Sessions Judge William R. Brewer Jr. said prosecutors failed to show probable cause 23-year-old Camion D. Patrick was involved in the July 25 stabbing death of 18-year-old Caleb Radford," the Daily Times reported. "The charge was dismissed Tuesday evening following a preliminary hearing in the case. Charges against three others, including Patrick's brother, Isaiah Wright, 20, will proceed to a grand jury to determine if indictments should follow."

Radford's body was found along the side of Topside Road at Buck Drive. He had been stabbed multiple times.

On Aug. 3, the Alcoa Police Department announced three other men were charged with criminal homicide in connection with the slaying. Police Chief David Carswell said Patrick's brother, 20-year-old Isaiah Wright, 21-year-old Keshawn Lonnell Hopewell, of Alcoa, and 28-year-old Itiq Tivone Green, of Louisville are being held on $1 million bond each.

Patrick was a part of the IU football program starting in 2015, when he transferred in from East Mississippi Community College. He was lauded by former coach Kevin Wilson as one of the best players on Indiana's roster, but a combination of academic and injury problems limited him to just a handful of appearances on the field.

In July, IU coach Tom Allen announced that Patrick was given a medical hardship waiver.

Under medical hardship provisions, Indiana can still pay for an athlete's education for the duration of their scholarship, but that athlete forfeits all athletic eligibility.

At the time of his arrest, Patrick was suspended from IU, per university policy related to students charged with serious felonies. It's unclear at present whether he will be allowed to re-enroll at Indiana. Patrick has just one semester of classes left to complete.

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