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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

Former EMU football player charged in break-in will face trial

By Kyle Feldscher

The former Eastern Michigan University football player who was charged with breaking into a university residence hall on Oct. 9 will face trial, according to court records.


Wilbert Mitchell


Wilbert Mitchell, who was a freshman defensive lineman before being kicked off the team for breaking team rules, is facing two counts of second-degree home invasion, according to court records. Records from the Washtenaw County Jail originally indicated he was arraigned on one charge of larceny from a building.

Mitchell had his case bound over to Washtenaw County Trial Court following a preliminary exam hearing on Tuesday, according to court records. Records show his next court appearance is for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz.

According to EMU police Chief Bob Heighes, Mitchell was arrested in connecton to a break-in reported at 6:10 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Walton Residence Hall on Eastern Michigan’s campus. Heighes said some electronic equipment was reported stolen from a dorm room.

EMU Athletic Department officials would not confirm if Mitchell was kicked off the team because of his arrest. There was no further comment from any athletic department official beyond the announcement that Mitchell would no longer be involved in the team.

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Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 1:29 a.m.

This football player should not be charged any different than any other person commiting a crime. (no more, no less) The court will rule.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 3:47 p.m.

He won't be charged any differently. The media just seems to be more interested in making a big deal out of athletes who break the law.