Dismissed ASU football players allowed to go home until burglary trial – azcentral.com
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Two former Arizona State University football players can live in other states while they await trial on burglary and theft charges, according to a ruling Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Sophomore safety Jayme Otomewo and junior defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds were booked at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on burglary and theft charges in December. According to police records, both players entered a Tempe apartment without permission, and the victim locked herself inside a bedroom in response.
Otomewo and Reynolds told police they were searching for a vacuum because they had to clean their apartment. Otomewo said he and Reynolds took only a few steps into the room before leaving.
Police said they found a bent butter knife inside Otomewo’s pocket, along with stolen credit cards, speakers and a few other items in his backpack.
Both defendants possessed items they could not explain, and Otomewo later admitted to taking some items from another apartment, police said.
After a pretrial court appearance Thursday, Otomewo said, “We’re being accused of burglary. They are saying we took all the stuff they found in our backpacks, but there were no items even missing. They’re saying all that, but nah,” as he shook his head no.
After the incident, Reynolds and Otomewo were dismissed from ASU’s football team.
On Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner ruled that both defendants could return home until May 26, when their next court appearance is scheduled.
Otomewo is allowed to go to Nevada and Reynolds to California.
Stephanie Reynolds, Reynolds’ mother, said her son was a good kid.
“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re just happy that he’s able to come home with us now,” she said.