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Marvin Harrison Not Charged

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison is off the hook for now. The eight-time pro-bowler will not face any weapons charges in connection with the shooting of a 32-year-old man outside Harrison's North Philadelphia car wash last April. The announcement came during a press conference held this morning by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.

There had been speculation that Harrison could face felony charges after a lengthy investigation into the incident. But according to Abraham there is insufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges. Philadelphia police detectives had said that bullet casings found across the street from Harrison's car wash came from an armor piercing Belgian-made pistol owned by Harrison and later surrendered to police. Even if Harrison was not accused of being the shooter, Pennsylvania's strict gun laws stipulate that the owner of a gun discharged in the act of a crime can be charged.

Harrison, a 36-year-old Philadelphia native, is still being sued by Dwight Dixon, who was shot in the hand in the incident and is seeking $100,000 for "serious and permanent injuries -- and severe shock to his nerves and nervous system" as a result of the shooting. Harrison has admitted to being involved in an altercation with Dixon weeks before the shooting at Harrison's North Philadelphia bar, Playmakers. The NFL star has not talked about the shooting publicly.

There has been some speculation, particularly, from ESPN that the Philly's DA office was holding off on issuing the charges until the Colts season was over. However when I spoke to investigators in September they seemed doubtful that any charges would be filed against Harrison.

By Emil Steiner  |  January 6, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Marvin Harrison Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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