Two of the three basketball players charged in the Arkansas forgery case have entered pleas of not guilty on charges of first-degree forgery. Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported the development in the case.
The two players, Anton Beard and Jacorey Williams, were arraigned in Washington County Circuit Court today. Beard was charged with three counts of the aforementioned charge, while Williams was charged with just one count. The third player involved in the scandal, Dustin Thomas, will be arraigned next week.
The trial will begin on October 27, and both Beard and Williams face between 5 and 20 years in prison plus a potential fine if convicted. Beard and Thomas are still on indefinite suspension from the Razorbacks basketball team, while Williams has since transferred to Middle Tennessee. All three players are accused of purchasing goods all around Fayetteville using counterfeit money and exchange for real bills.
These are definitely serious charges and, if you ask this writer, it’s nothing short of a miracle that Beard and Thomas have not been dismissed from the university entirely yet. Just the same, they are still innocent until proven guilty and Campus Sports will update this story as new information becomes available.
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