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Ausar Walcott Charged with Attempted Murder

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Former UVa football player Ausar Walcott has been charged with attempted murder.   Walcott was a rookie with the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns cut him today.

Here is the associated press story:

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey.

Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month. The team announced his release Wednesday.

Authorities tell The Record (http://bit.ly/19t3uSU ) newspaper the 23-year-old Hackensack, N.J., native and former University of Virginia player punched 24-year-old Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen's Club closed. Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.

According to an ESPN.com article, Walcott is held on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a defense lawyer.

Walcott is one of 28 NFL players arrested since this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 3, according to a database kept by U-T San Diego.

In 45 games for Virginia, Walcott totaled 128 career tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

This isn't the first time Walcott has been arrested. In January 2011, he faced charges of assault and battery from a fight while he was at Virginia. Walcott was suspended from the team but was reinstated after charges were dropped.

 

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