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Football Star Plays Despite Attempted Murder Charge

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A pending attempted murder charge didn’t keep a high school football star from playing in New York’s Yankee Stadium in a league title game.

Rahmel Ashby, a running back at Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, competed in the Public Schools Athletic League Championship Division title game, despite being charged in an April 2014 shooting that injured three people.

Ashby was arrested again in October when he was in possession of a handgun. In both cases, he was released on bail.

According to NY1, the Department of Education has certain requirements of student athletes. They must have passing grades and a 90 percent attendance rate. However, rules about criminal allegations are left up to the individual school.

Ashby’s lawyer said that his client is innocent until proven guilty.

A trial for the attempted murder charge is set for January. 

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