Judge Closes Hearing for Ex-Auburn Players

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A judge has closed a hearing for four former Auburn University football players charged with robbery.

Lee County Circuit Judge Steven Speakman barred the public and
media from attending the preliminary hearing on Wednesday. A court
spokeswoman says he did it because three of the former athletes are
under 21 years of age and their lawyers asked for a closed hearing.

Antonio Goodwin, Shaun Kitchens, Mike McNeil and Dakota Mosley
are free on bond following their arrests last month in an alleged
holdup at the home of other college students.

Some of the evidence prosecutors say they have against the
athletes could come out during the hearing.

Coach Gene Chizik kicked all four off the national championship
team after their arrests on charges of robbery, theft and burglary.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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