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UF’s Larson Pleads Not Guilty To Trespassing Charge

On April 10th, Florida basketballers Erik Murphy and Cody Larson were arrested — along with manager Joshua Adel — and charged with felony third-degree burglary for attempting to break into a car outside a St. Augustine, Florida bar.

The charges against Adel were recently dropped entirely while those against Murphy and Larson were reduced to misdemeanor trespassing charges.  Larson has now pled not guilty to that charge.  Murphy has yet to enter a plea.

Larson has a pre-trial conference scheduled for July 19th.  Law enforcement officials in South Dakota — Larson’s home state — are waiting on the outcome of Larson’s new legal case before deciding what to do regarding legal troubles he found himself in prior to signing with UF.

The Sioux Falls native allegedly “facilitated the use of hydrocodone” in his home in February of 2010.  Larson received a suspended 120-day jail sentence last May.  He was ordered to perform community service and pay a fine and court costs.

Larson was required to obey all laws for two years in order for his case to be dropped.

That might explain why someone who fled the scene and was caught on audio tape discussing the alleged car break-in is now pleading not guilty to a reduced charge.

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Murphy, Larson Still Suspended At UF

Charges have been reduced for Florida forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson, but Billy Donovan still isn’t ready to welcome them back to his basketball team.

Murphy, Larson and student-manager Joshua Adel were arrested last month for attempting to break into a car after a night of drinking.  The charges were dropped against Adel and Murphy and Larson now face only misdemeanor criminal trespass charges.

However, “It’s important to wait,” Donovan said.  “I think there is a lot of things they still have to go through.  For example, there was a report or perception that Josh Adel was quote-unquote the lookout.  That wasn’t the case.”  Meaning some facts of the case might continue to change.

“I’m disappointed with what’s happened.  I don’t think those kids and their families are a reflection of what has happened.  What I do think is this thing needs to get resolved, and once it gets resolved and once I find out what the resolution is I’ll react from there.”

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Charges Reduced For UF Basketballers

Two Florida basketball players and one manager got good news today as the legal charges against them were lessened and — in one case — dropped.

Erik Murphy, Cody Larson and manager Joshua Adel were arrested on third-degree felony charges after allegedly attempting to break into a car outside a St. Augustine bar last month.

This morning, the State Attorney’s office announced that the charges against Murphy and Larson have been reduced to second-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass charges. 

“They have paid restitution to the victims to get a headlight fixed,” a spokesperson for the State Attorney said.  “The charges reflect that they tried to go into another person’s car without permission.”

“When we were talking to the victim of the crime and looking at the facts of the case, it wasn’t a very sophisticated crime.  They were at a bar, they had been drinking and they kind of did an impulsive act.”

The charges against Adel have been dismissed altogether.

“He was charged as being the lookout when the evidence showed that wasn’t the case,” the spokesperson said.  “He was, in fact, discouraging them.”

No court date has been set for Murphy and Larson to enter pleas.  Larson’s plea could have an impact on a deal he cut with prosecutors in his home state of South Dakota prior to his arrival in Gainesville.

Both Murphy and Larson are currently suspended from the Gator team.  Ditto Adel.

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South Dakota Officials Could Make Donovan’s Decision On Larson Easier

When basketball player Cody Larson arrived in Gainesville last year, he did so while still under the watchful eye of the state of South Dakota’s legal system.  His arrest in St. Augustine over the weekend — along with teammate Erik Murphy and student-manager Joshua Adel — could land him in more hot water in his home state.

Some back story: Larson was charged with sharing hydrocodone with a high school teammate in February of 2010.  (He had also gotten in trouble with alcohol prior to the painkiller issue).  Last May, Larson was given a suspended 120-day jail sentence and was ordered to perform community service and pay a fine and court costs.

He is now charged with third-degree felony burglary for attempting to break into a car.

According to Rachel George of The Orlando Sentinel:


While Larson was not on formal probation and didn’t have to check in with a probation officer, he was require to abide by all laws for two years in order for the case to be dropped.


So far, the folks in South Dakota are taking a wait-and-see approach to Larson’s latest legal troubles.  “It would be discretionary on our part to file the motion to revoke depending on how (the latest arrest) is resolved,” said Aaron McGowan, a state’s attorney in Larson’s home county.

“It’s just premature.  We’re not going to take any formal action until we know more about the circumstances down there.”

Coaches don’t like to boot players.  That’s why Gator coach Billy Donovan has chosen to wait for a verdict before he takes action, too.  So technically, the state of South Dakota could take the matter out of Donovan’s hands if it decides to act on Larson soon.

If it does not, then Donovan will have to decide whether or not to give a second chance to Larson (and Murphy and the student-manager Adel).  Doing so might be a tough sell now that embarrassing secret audio recordings of the trio — made in the back of a police cruiser — have been released to the public.

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South Dakota Officials Could Make Donovan’s Decision On Larson Easier

When basketball player Cody Larson arrived in Gainesville last year, he did so while still under the watchful eye of the state of South Dakota’s legal system.  His arrest in St. Augustine over the weekend — along with teammate Erik Murphy and student-manager Joshua Adel — could land him in more hot water in his home state.

Some back story: Larson was charged with sharing hydrocodone with a high school teammate in February of 2010.  (He had also gotten in trouble with alcohol prior to the painkiller issue).  Last May, Larson was given a suspended 120-day jail sentence and was ordered to perform community service and pay a fine and court costs.

He is now charged with third-degree felony burglary for attempting to break into a car.

According to Rachel George of The Orlando Sentinel:


While Larson was not on formal probation and didn’t have to check in with a probation officer, he was require to abide by all laws for two years in order for the case to be dropped.


So far, the folks in South Dakota are taking a wait-and-see approach to Larson’s latest legal troubles.  “It would be discretionary on our part to file the motion to revoke depending on how (the latest arrest) is resolved,” said Aaron McGowan, a state’s attorney in Larson’s home county.

“It’s just premature.  We’re not going to take any formal action until we know more about the circumstances down there.”

Coaches don’t like to boot players.  That’s why Gator coach Billy Donovan has chosen to wait for a verdict before he takes action, too.  So technically, the state of South Dakota could take the matter out of Donovan’s hands if it decided to act on Larson soon.

If they do not, then Donovan will have to decide whether or not to give a second chance to Larson (and Murphy and the student-manager Adel).  Doing so might be a tough sell now that embarrassing secret audio recordings of the trio — made in the back of a police cruiser — have been released to the public.

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Audio Tape Of Arrested Gators Goes Public; Manager Expected No Preferential Treatment Outside Of Gainesville

Over the years, the Florida football program developed quite a reputation for having players arrested.  Some charges were small, some were dismissed.  But they were still arrests.  At least 30 of them under previous coach Urban Meyer.

During that streak, the police in Gainesville and Alachua County took their share of grief for picking up and locking up Gator players.  It’s been suggested that some of the cops in that area were targeting Florida athletes.

But that’s not what a student-manager for the Florida basketball team told a fellow arrestee — one of two Gator hoopsters — nabbed while attempting to break into a car over the weekend.

Microphones in the police cruiser caught Joshua Adel — the manager — speaking with sophomore Erik Murphy.  Freshman Cody Larson also called Adel before eventually turning himself into police.

FirstCoastNews in Jacksonville (WTLV-TV and WJXX-TV) obtained the audio tapes and here are some highlights:


Adel: “Bro, do you know how f***** I am because of y’all dumb m***** f******?  I’m fired.  Like, you’ll have another shot.  I’m done.  I have no second shot, bro.”

Murphy: “I don’t have a second shot either.”

Adel: “And I told y’all to stop doing that.  You did that.”

Murphy: “I know.”


And…


Murphy: “I’m getting you out of it.”

Adel: “F*** that man.  It doesn’t matter.  My job was supposed to, I’m supposed to be looking after y’all.  And y’all are f****** going into f****** cars that I said not to.”


But here’s the kicker…


Murphy: “Have you ever gotten arrested before?  Then we could get off.”

Adel: “There’s no getting off.  We’re not in f******* Gainesville.  They (St. Augustine police) don’t give a f***.  Do you understand I’ll be fired and I have no chance of ever pursuing any type of career in basketball?”


Sounds like Florida’s student-manager for basketball believes he and the two players would have had a shot of getting out of the mess if they had been in Gainesville.  That hardly sounds like “the cops are picking on the Gators” talk that’s popped up in Alachua County in recent years.

The television station asked a Florida spokesperson about the idea of Gator players getting preferential treatment in Gainesville.  Via email the spokesperson said: “I cannot comment any further than what we’ve already said.”

Check out the story above and you’ll find that the three Gators arrested had already said plenty on their half-hour greatest hits tape.

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Florida Hoopsters Suspended After Arrest

Florida basketball players Cody Larson and Erik Murphy — arrested this morning for allegedly trying to break into a car — have been suspended by head coach Billy Donovan.

“I’m aware of Cody and Erik’s situation and very disappointed with the news,” Donovan said via press release.  “The two are currently suspended from basketball-related activities.  I’m not going to comment further until I have more information and get a chance to meet with both student-athletes.”

No word on what punishment will be faced by student-manager Joshua Adel who was charged with acting as a lookout for the two players.

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Two UF Hoops Players Arrested For Burglary

Two Florida basketball players were arrested late Saturday night in St. Augustine, Florida — what would Ponce de Leon think? — for allegedly trying to break into a car.  Erik Murphy and Cody Larson have been charged with felony burglary.  Student-manager Joshua Adel was also charged with principal to burglary for acting as the players’ lookout.

According to police, Murphy and Larson went into a bar at 2 AM Sunday morning and claimed to have lost a wallet.  The two then “tried to get close to a female employee who was counting money from the night,” as The Gainesville Sun puts it.

The Gators were told to leave the establishment, but moments later, bouncers saw the players attempting to break into an employee’s car in the parking lot across the street from the bar.  When spotted, they tried to flee the scene, but Murphy and Adel — the student-manager/lookout — were captured.  Larson later turned himself into police.

If Larson’s name sounds familiar, then you probably remember him as the troubled youth Billy Donovan inked from South Dakota last year.  He is currently on probation after reaching a plea agreement on a misdemeanor drug charge for “sharing painkillers” during his senior year of high school.  He shared hydrocodone with a teammate.

Donovan has made no comment on the arrests as of this morning.

UPDATE — Larson phoned Adel before turning himself in to police.  Adel was in the back of a police cruiser at the time and his side of the conversation was recorded by in-car microphones.

According to Sgt. Jason Etheridge of the St. Augustine police: “The third guy, Cody, calls Joshua, probably seven or eight times while they’re in the back of the car and they’re discussing how they’re going to get out of it, pretty much burying themselves.  ‘Cody,’ after about seven or eight phone calls the other two said, ‘Hey, man, you gotta turn yourself in.’

“It seems like they just did something stupid and got caught.”

Indeed.

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