- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

Two Maryland football players had motions to dismiss their criminal charges denied yesterday by a Prince George's County circuit court judge. The trial for linebacker Marlon Moye-Moore and cornerback Andrew Smith is scheduled for Sept. 26.

The players face charges of robbery, theft and assault stemming from an altercation at a Hyattsville nightclub Feb. 2. They are charged with assaulting fellow Maryland student Derrick Levroney, robbing him of $45 and obstructing justice by threatening him if he reported the crime.

The players, who have been suspended from the team since being charged, filed to have the case dismissed based on being improperly identified by Levroney. Smith also hoped to have a written statement he made to police during questioning thrown out. That request also was denied.

Levroney testified at yesterday's hearing that Moye-Moore and Smith cornered him and attacked him in a small bathroom for seven to 10 minutes and that there were no witnesses.

Moye-Moore, a senior who was the Terrapins' second-leading tackler last season, has worked out on his own inside Byrd Stadium while the team worked out on adjacent practice fields. If cleared of felony charges, he could return this season or redshirt and play next season.

Smith, a redshirt sophomore, has an inactive docket from a prior case that likely will be reopened if he is convicted on any of the current charges.

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