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FSU football dismisses player charged with theft

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FSU player out after theft charge

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson, one of two players involved in a December dispute that led to a shooting, is off the team after being charged with theft and fraud related to the dispute, coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday.

Denson was booked by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday on charges of petit theft and fraud, specifically illegal use of a credit card, court documents said. Denson, a redshirt freshman who didn't play for the 2013 national championship team, is accused of stealing running back Mario Pender's debit card on Dec. 20 and making three transactions for a total of $501.36.

Pender, the other player involved in the shooting case, told police he took Denson's shoes as collateral against the card and the two agreed to meet at Pender's Tallahassee apartment complex Dec. 22 to exchange the shoes for the card.

A verbal altercation occurred during the exchange that involved Pender's half-brother, Tim Pruitt. As Denson and a man with him, Tarron Addison of Madison, drove away, Addison, the driver, shot out the window, Pender said.

Pruitt was shot in the face. Addison has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Pender did not play on the 2013 team because he was academically ineligible. He will be a third-year sophomore in the fall and is in the mix for the top backup spot.

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Tennis: Defending Wimbledon champ Andy Murray has parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl, who turned him from a four-time Grand Slam runnerup into a two-time major champion.

Times wires

FSU football dismisses player charged with theft 03/19/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:12am]
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