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USF: Scope of Davis' legal problems come to light

By GREG AUMAN
Published October 29, 2004

TAMPA - Junior linebacker Devon Davis , facing misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, was appointed a public defender and is scheduled for a jury trial Dec.13.

Davis, 20, said it's unlikely his case will go to trial, but he wants to speak with an attorney before entering a plea. Thursday's hearing did bring to light an unreported arrest, one for which Davis is on probation.

Davis was arrested Dec.26 in Hollywood, near his hometown of Miramar, and charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and a felony count of resisting an officer with violence. The arrest report states that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Davis was "violently punching" a "much smaller" man, and when police tried to break up the fight, he punched at the officers, who had to use pepper spray and strike him with a flashlight in trying to control him.

"It took several officers approximately five minutes to gain enough control of (Davis) to finally place him into handcuffs," the report said.

He pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to six months' probation on Aug.18. The July drug charges would not affect his probation, but his October arrest for failing to appear at a required court date in September could be violation of that probation.

Davis has started three of six games at middle linebacker. Coach Jim Leavitt said Thursday that he was aware of Davis' previous arrest when he made the decision not to suspend any players arrested in the offseason from any games this year.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior guard Frank Davis ' streak of eight straight starts looks to be in jeopardy. Davis watched practice with a boot on his injured right ankle.

Defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon Jr. , who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee eight days ago, jogged off the practice field with his knee heavily wrapped. Coaches have said he could return for Wednesday's game at Alabama-Birmingham.

[Last modified October 28, 2004, 23:50:16]


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