As reported earlier, Texas Tech football’s Da’Leon Ward was arrested Tuesday afternoon for theft of between $2,500 and $30,000, which is a state jail felony.
According to the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, the theft “stems from a Texas Tech Police Department investigation initiated after a string of Nov. 14 thefts at the Tech Student Recreation Center. Three cell phones were reported stolen in about a 20-minute time frame.”
Tray Payne, Ward’s attorney tweeted this earlier:
Da'Leon Ward's case has been dismissed. pic.twitter.com/EhOSlAyjAM— Tray Payne (@lawyerlubbock) August 22, 2018
The reason for dismissal is quoted above as “The interest of Justice cannot be served through further proceeding in this matter.”
This essentially means a lack of evidence is present to make a case against Ward.
Lubbock County DA told A-J Media's Gabriel Monte that Da'Leon Ward should not have been arrested, insufficient evidence to pursue a case. https://t.co/0ancaBhpRq— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) August 22, 2018
“I’m sorry the young man got arrested,” said Lubbock County DA Matt Powell “He should have never been arrested, the case should have never been filed.”
This is very good new considering Ward is in heavy consideration to be the number one running back this coming season. Starter or not, look for Ward to get a considerable amount of touches for Texas Tech Football this season.
Remember all you good and faithful Red Raiders:— Tray Payne (@lawyerlubbock) August 22, 2018
Innocent unless proven guilty.