Attorney withdraws in Auburn point-shaving case


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One of the attorneys for a former Auburn basketball player suspected of being involved in a point-shaving scheme has withdrawn from the case.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports ( ) that U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. granted the request Friday by attorney Reginald McDaniel.

McDaniel had been part of the team representing Varez Ward, who is charged with two counts of bribery. Prosecutors allege Ward was involved in trying to fix the point spread in Auburn's game against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ward was dismissed from the team, and his trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 4.


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News,

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