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Former NCSU basketball player acquitted in home invasion

Posted January 13, 2012

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— A jury on Thursday found a former North Carolina State University basketball player not guilty of a 2010 home invasion.

Gavin Troy Grant was acquitted on charges of first-degree burglary and attempted robbery, and a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.

The charges stemmed from a Sept. 24, 2010, home invasion on Crossroads Arbor Way. Police said two men forced their way into an apartment, assaulted two people who were inside and attempted to rob them.

The victims fought off the suspects, who fled before completing the robbery.

A former N.C. State baseball player was one of the victims, and he identified the attackers as Grant and another Wolfpack basketball player, Farnold Degand.

Degand had an alibi, and police cleared him in the case.

Grant's lawyers maintained during the four-day trial that, since the victim was wrong about Degand, he was also wrong about Grant, and jurors agreed.

Grant was a forward/guard for N.C. State from 2004 to 2007. He played for the Utah Flash in the NBA Development League from 2007 to 2010.

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  • RaleighRocks Jan 13, 2012

    It was a former baseball player, not basketball, that ID'd both.

    Alibis are thoroughly reviewed, and most fake ones are easily spotted.

    Gavin's mother was from another country, maybe in the Caribbean?

    There is more to the story that is not being reported, but that could go either way.

  • Jeremiah Jan 13, 2012

    "Wasn't he the player whose mom was from another country and he was allowed to play while it was worked out? "

    yeah, something about he immigrated from jamaica when he was very young.

    "but since a former player was the one who identified him"

    it was a former baseball player, not basketball player.

  • mxteam44 Jan 13, 2012

    If this were a UNC player, we'd have 247 comments by now, and have to hear it for the next 5 years. I hope Grant didn't have anything to do with it, but since a former player was the one who identified him, and should have known Grant very well, it makes you wonder what the whole story is. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jan 13, 2012

    Wasn't he the player whose mom was from another country and he was allowed to play while it was worked out? Or am I mistaking him for someone else?

  • bpayne812-take two Jan 13, 2012

    I know someone that was on the jury. The amount of holes in the story along with Degand's alibi made for an easy decision for the jury. They agree that something went down, but maybe not like the victim claims. You can't put a person in jail for maybe, you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred.

  • Bartmeister Jan 13, 2012

    Grant's lawyers maintained during the four-day trial that, since the victim was wrong about Degand, he was also wrong about Grant, and jurors agreed. Police said Degand had an alibi. What if the alibi was fabricated and he was cleared wrongfully? I never followed this case, but to find someone innocent because there was a possible mistaken identity on another suspect is sketchy at best.

  • NcNativeRaleigh Jan 13, 2012

    Using Grants attorneys logic if oj's jury was wrong, all jury's are wrong...

  • RaleighRocks Jan 13, 2012

    Glad to see this outcome. All the kneejerk reactors said he was gulity, that's the kind of players they have at State, blah, blah, blah. Best of luck to him, I hope he is doing well, and continues to do so.

    Go State!

  • NCStatePack Jan 13, 2012

    "I am glad we have a trials. Because people already said he was guilty and didnt know or have all the facts"

    Yep

  • frankbad15 Jan 13, 2012

    I am glad we have a trials. Because people already said he was guilty and didnt know or have all the facts.

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