Charges against Texas Tech football player dropped

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LUBBOCK, Texas (KLBK) – Charges against Texas Tech running back Da’Leon Ward, 20, were dropped Wednesday morning. 

A motion to dismiss was filed in the case Wednesday morning with only a brief explanation as to why.  It said, “The interest of justice cannot be served through further proceedings in this matter.”

First word of the news came from his attorney of record Trey Payne who said charges would be dropped by day’s end.  They were actually dropped before noon. 

Ward was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in the 3700 block of Idalou Road in a routine traffic stop.  The stop revealed that Ward was the subject of a sealed arrest warrant for theft.  

The warrant was dated June 12 for a theft case that dated back to November 14.  Texas Tech police filed four police reports that evening for reports of stolen cell phones.  The charge against Ward was a state jail felony.

In the hours after Ward was arrested, Texas Tech Athletics provided a statement.

“Texas Tech Athletics was made aware this afternoon of an incident involving sophomore running back Da’Leon Ward. We are still looking into the matter at this time and will have no further comment.” left a message with the District Attorney’s office to ask why charges were dismissed.  This story will be updated when possible.

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