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Staley Applies For Pre-Trial Program

February 23, 1996

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina running back Duce Staley has applied for a pre-trial intervention program after being charged with resisting arrest and two traffic violations earlier this month.

Pre-trial intervention allows first-time, nonviolent offenders to clear their record by completing the program, which usually includes community service work.

Prosecutor Barney Giese will decide whether to allow Staley to enter the program.

``This is an excellent case for pre-trial. No prior record,″ said Curtis Murph, Staley’s lawyer. ``It’s not a crime of violence. Anybody in the situation would get it.″

Staley, 20, of Columbia was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, failing to have a driver’s license and resisting arrest for running after being stopped by campus police.

All three charges are misdemeanors.

Staley was suspended from the team and placed on dorm curfew by coach Brad Scott until the charges are resolved.

Staley led the team in rushing last season with 736 yards.

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