Miller, Thomas out at UT Martin
Tracy Sharp, Managing Editor
Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009 12:04 pm
The University of Tennessee at Martin and the Skyhawk football team have dismissed two players accused of the felony assault of a Pi Kappa Alpha student.
“After following the procedures of its student judicial system, the University of Tennessee at Martin has determined that Dontrell Miller and Roren Thomas, two university students, committed a violation of the university’s Standards of Conduct by assaulting another individual on Thursday, March 26, 2009,” Director of University Relations Bud Grimes said.
“Mr. Miller and Mr. Thomas are no longer students at the university nor members of the university’s football team. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits the university from providing additional information concerning this matter.”
The incident happened last month when Tyler Turner was allegedly assaulted by masked men in the parking lot of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
Witnesses say he was brutally attacked.
Turner was treated and released from Volunteer Community Hospital with a concussion and abrasions to his head the night of the incident.
According to the incident report from the Martin Police Department, all three accused students confessed to their part in the alleged ambush after being read their Mir-anda rights the following day.
Miller and Thomas were both starters on the UT Martin Skyhawks football team last season and were expected to return to contribute to the team this year. Miller, a junior defensive back, was named to the Associated Press’ Football Championship Subdivision All American team in December 2008.
All three men will appear in Weakley County General Sessions Court on April 15.