Giddens will not face charges

The KU recruit's case has been resolved, prior to the hearing that was scheduled for tomorrow.

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Kansas basketball signee J.R. Giddens' legal status has been "resolved" and his pretrial hearing scheduled for tomorrow has been stricken, David Ogle, Giddens' lawyer, told Phog.net in an exclusive interview Tuesday evening.

"J.R.'s case has been resolved in a way that will never jeopardize his future," said Ogle, an Oklahoma City-based lawyer. "J.R.'s relieved and ready to move forward."

Giddens, 17, a senior, who averaged 25.0 points and 7.2 rebounds last season at John Marshall High in Oklahoma City, was arrested on December 19. He faced complaints of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, grand larceny from a retailer, concealing stolen property and obtaining property by false pretense.

Security officers at a Wal-Mart in northwest Oklahoma City detained Giddens and three other people after watching them on surveillance monitors, police said.

The security officers told police that a store employee had apparently disabled security tabs on various products and did not charge for them. Giddens and two other people were accused of passing $3,854.63 worth of electronics through the employee's checkout stand but paid for only $40 worth of goods, police said.

Officers later confirmed that all four knew each other.

Ogle said he couldn't elaborate any further on Gidden's case, because the 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing forward is classified as a "juvenile" according to Oklahoma law.

"Juvenile matters aren't public," said Ogle. If he was twenty-three years old, it'd be wide-open to the public, but juvenile matters things are held tightly for obvious reasons."

However, Ogle emphasized that Giddens' case received no preferential treatment from the Oklahoma County District Attorney's office.

"He's being treated no differently or more harshly than anybody else who would have been in the exact same situation he was in," said Ogle.

Now that his client's case has been resolved, Ogle said Giddens "just wants to play basketball."

"He's a super kid and a much better kid than I thought he was when I first met him due to the nature of the allegations," said Ogle. "He's really smart. KU's lucky to have him."

Giddens, who's averaging 25 points per game this season, was one of four players to ink a letter-of-intent with Kansas during the early signing period in November.

John Marshall is currently Oklahoma's top-ranked team in Class 5A. Giddens and the Bears are in action tonight at Northeast High School in Oklahoma City.


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