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DA Drops Charges in Bullard Case

April 2, 1998

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ The Montgomery district attorney has decided not to prosecute a marijuana possession charge against Auburn-Montgomery basketball star Marcus Bullard.

Bullard now hopes to put a history of legal problems behind him and go pro.

Bullard quit the team Feb. 8 after being arrested when a search of his residence turned up marijuana seeds, leaves and ashes. But deputy district attorney Damund Williams filed court papers last month to withhold prosecution on the case.

``We discussed it with the AUM security and based on that discussion and their recommendation, we chose not to prosecute,″ Williams told the Montgomery Advertiser on Wednesday.

Bullard, who plans to attend the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago in May, said he was happy the ordeal was over.

``It was a good, relaxing feeling,″ Bullard said. ``It was a relief and was some concern because it got into the media, to the public and once again, I was portrayed to be the villain.″

Bullard’s arrest on the misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession was not his first encounter with the law.

During his senior year of high school, Bullard was convicted of drug possession after selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was placed on probation.

Mississippi State coach Richard Williams recruited him nonetheless and Bullard led the Bulldogs to the Final Four in 1996.

Soon after that trip, however, he was arrested for pistol whipping a member of a rival fraternity during a fight. He served 11 months in jail for violating terms of his probation.

Williams offered him a chance to come back, but only after sitting out a season.

Bullard instead chose to transfer to AUM, where he enrolled this school year and played for the Senators. Before quitting the team, he was the team’s top scorer and the second-best in the NAIA, averaging 26.6 points per game.

``I get stronger and stronger with each situation that occurs to me,″ he said. ``I’m honestly just used to dealing with different kinds of obstacles in my life.″

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