South Carolina Gamecocks

Charges against Gamecock recruit Blackshear dropped

Bluffton High School star defensive end and University of South Carolina recruit Shameik Blackshear will not be prosecuted for a petit larceny charge, town attorney Ben Shelton told municipal Judge Clifford Bush on Tuesday morning.

Shelton told Bush the victim has requested Blackshear’s petit larceny charge be dropped.

A witness also declined to testify, and the town decided the charge wasn’t severe enough to warrant compelling the witness to, Shelton said.

Blackshear’s attorney asked Bush for the charge to be dismissed and for an order of expungement.

Blackshear was charged Feb. 13 after allegedly taking a purse and safe from a Mill Creek home in Bluffton.

Three witnesses told police that on Feb. 7 they watched Blackshear take the items, valued at $1,390, and leave “without saying a word,” according to a Bluffton Police Department report. Blackshear told police he was never at the house, the report said.

Blackshear, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, was a top recruit but struggled with injuries during his final two high school seasons. He tore the ACL in his left knee during the Bobcats’ second game of 2014.

Both the USC athletics department and head football coach Steve Spurrier have said USC will let the legal process finish before deciding Blackshear’s status.

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