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Two Virginia FB Players Indicted

April 5, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ An Albemarle County grand jury today indicted two University of Virginia football players on felony charges in connection with a campus brawl.

Senior defensive back Adrian Burnim was charged with two counts of malicious wounding and sophomore tailback Antoine Womack was charged with one count of malicious wounding.

Another man, Kevin D. Cromartie, who isn’t a Virginia student, was charged with one count of malicious wounding.

A hearing for the three was set for Aug. 11. Their attorneys said they will plead not guilty and request a jury trial.

The charges stem from a Feb. 7 fight in which the three were among five people accused of beating Virginia students Jonathan Dean and Cabal Thornton.

During an April 1 preliminary hearing, Dean and Thornton testified they were returning from a late-night party when five men attacked them.

Dean and Thornton said they were disoriented in the attack and unable to tell what happened. Dean, however, said he was sure that one of his attackers was Womack, who he said straddled his legs as he lay curled up and kicked him repeatedly in the back.

Thornton testified he tried to intervene on his friend’s behalf and Burnim punched him in the face.

If convicted, Burnim would face up to 40 years in prison, Womack and Cromartie up to 20 years each.

Two other football players _ Devon Simmons and John Duckett _ pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the same case. Both Simmons and Duckett have been suspended from the football team indefinitely.

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