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Freshman RB Durden suspended from Flashed football team

By Stephanie Storm Published: February 19, 2013
According to online court records, KSU freshman running back Julian Durden was charged Feb. 13 by Kent State University police on a felony count of receiving stolen property.
He was accused by a fellow Korb Hall resident of stealing the woman's bank debit card from her room on Feb. 9. Durden, 18, lived on the same dorm floor as the Louisville woman.
According to a Kent State athletic official, Durden has been "suspended indefinitely from the team pending further investigation."  
Durden was jailed for two days before a Pittsburgh relative posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond set in the Kent branch of the Portage County Municipal Court. Durden is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 22. He was assigned a public defender.
In addition, Durden was charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a summons issued Feb. 9 by Kent State police, Durden had a small amount of marijuana inside grinder and a glass pipe containing marijuana residue. The citation was issued to Durden in the Korb Hall parking lot.
In 10 games with the Flashes last season, Dursen carried the ball 27 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 6 yards. His longest run of the season cames in the Flashes Bowl game loss, via a 32-yard gain against Arkansas State in the Bowl in Mobiokle, Ala. 
Court records show Durden was found guilty of the minor misdemeanor drug charges on Feb. 11. As part of his plea, he was to be assessed by a drug counselor and seek treatment, if necessary.
If he successfully completes the diversion program, the misdemeanor
charges would be dismissed. Durden was also fined $97 and court costs.



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