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Update on four ex-Alabama football players and their trials

The Associated Press caught up with the four former Alabama football players – Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams, Brent Calloway and D.J. Pettway – who were arrested in connection with on-campus robberies. Here is the report.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Four former Alabama football players arrested after two on-campus robberies are set to have their cases presented to a Tuscaloosa County grand jury.

Safety Eddie Williams, linebacker Dennis Pettway and running back/H-back Brent Calloway all waived their rights to a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday before Tuscaloosa District Court Judge James C. Guin. Linebacker Tyler Hayes’ case was automatically sent to a grand jury on Monday.

The players were dismissed from school following a judicial review.

Williams, Pettway and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery after two students were attacked in separate robberies on Feb. 11. Williams and Calloway are both charged with using a stolen debit card.

Williams and Calloway – both 20 – and 18-year-old Pettway are seeking youthful offender status.

Hayes, 18, and Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back. Williams said Pettway and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement, according to the documents.

Williams and Calloway both admitted to using a stolen campus debit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory, the documents said.

Four arrested players no longer with Alabama football team, other news

Brent Calloway catching a pass in practice for the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame. Calloway is no longer on the Alabama football team. (AP photo)

Brent Calloway catching a pass in practice for the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame. Calloway is no longer on the Alabama football team. (AP photo)

Numerous reports have confirmed that the four players arrested in connection with two robberies on campus: Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams, Brent Calloway and D.J. Pettway, are “no longer associated with the team.”

The four were indefinitely suspended from the team after their arrests and were later barred from campus before being kicked off the team, according to Wednesday’s reports.

The University of Alabama released a statement on the matter Wednesday afternoon.

“UA’s judicial review has been completed. The four students involved in the robberies on campus are no longer enrolled in UA,” the statement noted.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the players’ actions did not “reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization reflect.”

“Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” Saban said. “It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.”

The wide receiving corps has also taken a hit, according to the same reports. Marvin Shinn has decided to forego offseason workouts and is expected to transfer. Shinn caught six passes for 42 yards in 2012, two for 14 yards in the BCS National Championship Game.

Another Mobile area product, wide receiver Danny Woodson Jr., has been suspended for a violation of team rules and will not participate in spring practice. Woodson Jr., the son of former Alabama quarterback Danny Sr., caught one pass for nine yards in the 2012 season.

Finally, in the wide receiving corps, Kevin Norwood, Alabama’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Amari Cooper last season, has been held out of offseason workouts with a toe injury and has an uncertain status for spirng practice. Norwood caught 29 passes for 461 yards last season. Cornerback John Fulton is in a similar situation after injuring his toe in the Texas A&M loss and having surgery on it.

Saban in statement: 4 arrested are suspended indefinitely

After Director of Media Relation Cathy Andreen and athletic director Mal Moore released statements on Tuesday morning, head coach Nick Saban released his Tuesday afternoon.

In the statement, Saban officially suspends the four players arrested Monday night: Brent Calloway, Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes.

“The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

UA statements on Monday night arrests

At 11:14 am on Tuesday, the University of Alabama’s Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen released the following statement.

“On Monday, Feb. 11, the University of Alabama Police Department received reports of two robberies, the first occurring at approximately 12:35 a.m. in the 800 block of Campus Drive and the second at approximately 1:20 a.m. in the 200 block of 7th Avenue. Both victims reported that they were assaulted and their belongings were taken.

“UAPD’s investigation led to the identification of suspects in both incidents. The investigation resulted in the following arrests on the evening of Feb. 11:

  • Eddie Williams – charged with two counts of second degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card
  • Tyler Hayes – charged with two counts of second degree robbery
  • Dennis Pettway – charged with two counts of second degree robbery
  • Brent Calloway – charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card”

Athletic Director Mal Moore also released a statement.

This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes. In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University. We will have more to say at the appropriate time.”