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Mark Walton pleads not guilty through his attorney in DUI case

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New information: Mark Walton is being represented by the attorney (Joey McCall of Farrell & Patel in Coral Gables) who represented Florida State running back Dalvin Cook when he was acquitted last year. Here is the link to that story: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/florida-state-rb-dalvin-cook-not-guilty-punching-woman-article-1.2336112

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Just confirmed through the Miami Herald's David Ovalle that University of Miami running back Mark Walton, through his attorney, pleaded not guilty in Miami-Dade this morning to a DUI charge and Driving while license suspended/with knowledge charge.

 There are no other cases involving Walton,19,in the Miami-Dade court system, I was told by the State Attorney's Office, and records show it is a first offense.

  Last season, Walton played in all 13 games and rushed for 461 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 130 carries. He also caught 22 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown. He ended the season second on the team with 1,054 all-purpose yards.

   Here is the original story on Walton's arrest.

   The suspicion of Walton impersonating a police officer appears to not be valid because nearly a month has gone by without any other charges being filed. 

   Walton is now suspended from the football team indefinitely. As for when and if he'll be reinstated to the team, we'll find out sooner or later. Walton had a good spring and was the first-team tailback in the spring game, and according to coach Mark Richt, was leading at the position. Richt made clear that he will rotate more than one back during the season.

   Richt is a man who wants to see his players learn and grow from their experiences/choices -- good and bad -- and become better men because of them, unless the bad choices happen too often.

      Will let you know if there's any more news on this.

     SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

   

 

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