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Details released in ASU basketball player's gun arrest

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Georgia Regents Uni­versity police said Augusta State basketball player Harold Doby was arrested Wednesday after they discovered a loaded weapon in his University Village apartment.

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Doby, a 21-year-old starting forward on the basketball team


According to an incident report, police were called to the Jaguar Way apartment complex about 5:45 p.m. to investigate an earlier complaint of drugs.

According to an incident report, a maintenance employee called authorities after he went into the apartment to replace a bulb and found a marijuana grinder.

The students who live at the apartment – all members of the basketball team – were at practice when police arrived, but another man, Dorian O’Bryan Sabb, was there. Police asked Sabb to leave, at which time Sabb entered Doby’s room to get his belongings.

The report stated Sabb told police he had stashed marijuana under the bedsheets. Officers found 8.4 grams of marijuana.

Sabb was issued a Richmond County ordinance for possession of marijuana and a criminal trespass warning from all Georgia Regents University properties.

Later, police contacted all four residents of the apartment who allowed officers to do a search. The residents are Doby, senior center Chad July, senior center Travis Keels and sophomore forward Roman Hill.

A marijuana grinder was found in July’s rooms but no drugs were discovered, according to a GRU Public Safety report.

In Doby’s room, officers found a .38-caliber Colt revolver in a white sock between his mattress and boxspring. Police said the revolver was loaded with five bullets and one spent round.

Doby, a 21-year-old starting forward on the basketball team, remains jailed a charge of having firearms on school property.

Georgia Regents Uni­versity officials said Doby remains a student at the school but has been suspended from the team indefinitely pending an investigation. His academic status will be determined by the school’s judicial board in the near future, according to school officials.

According to a news release, the university will investigate the incident for violations of the university’s student code of conduct and will continue to work with local law enforcement agencies to resolve the matter.

Staff Writer Chris Gay contributed to this article.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/17/13 - 11:52 am
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If they got a call about

If they got a call about drugs, I can't say I blame anyone for arming themselves. This could have been a story about a life cut short b/c someone got caught in a crossfire. A law is a law, but life trumps even the law.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/17/13 - 11:55 am
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What a stupid law!

The student is denied the right to protect himself in his home. This right to protect yourself in your private residence is covered by a smart law! If no drugs were found and I had found the gun I probably would have told him on the side we would talk later.

And yes if my boss found out I would probably be fired!

What is his bond or is some "system" person using him to make a point?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/17/13 - 11:56 am
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Good Comment!!

David!!!

belle
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belle 01/17/13 - 12:13 pm
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Ridiculous
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I understand school grounds, and even on the property of the school housing OUTSIDE a private room. I even understand limiting the possession of a weapon to one per home but I have no problem with a college student having a gun for his own personal protection.

belle
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belle 01/17/13 - 12:13 pm
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I should add...
Unpublished

a properly registered gun.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/17/13 - 12:21 pm
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You should have the right...

to be able to secure your own personal safety in your domicile regardless of who actually owns the property. Anyone remember what happened at Virginia Tech?

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Riverman1 01/17/13 - 12:28 pm
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Well, it's certainly not like

Well, it's certainly not like he was carrying a weapon around the school. What a shame he will be lost to Dip unless this thing can be worked out.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/17/13 - 04:25 pm
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This whole thing stinks to

This whole thing stinks to high heaven. If this young man is 21 and has no felonies or other problems, he should be legally allowed to have a gun in his own home. I'll say it again: IN HIS OWN HOME!! If his name is on the lease and he is paying rent, then THAT IS HIS HOME!! I don't give a rats [filtered word] who the landlord is. So what should happen is 1) Dip should shake it off, allow him to stay on the team and tell him to focus himself on his studies and getting a W in the next game 2). The president of ASU and the police officer should apologize to Mr. Doby. 3) the rat fink janitor should be fired. 4) the campus police along with RCSO should concentrate on protecting the students and citizens instead of spinning their wheels over this BS.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 01/17/13 - 08:17 pm
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Why are the other students

Why are the other students who were not charged with anything, names in this article? Could the gun have belonged to Sabb?

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peggyandrick 01/18/13 - 06:24 am
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Arm everyone

They ought to sell guns and ammo in the bookstore and make carrying weapons to class mandatory. It would sure cut down on the population explosion.
David, get real. The guns and the drugs are intertwined. The gun was not to protect some innocent bystander endangered because of some drugs. It was to protect the drugs. The "life cut short" because of the gun may well have been the bystander.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/18/13 - 10:04 am
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Thanks for your input

Thanks for your input peggyandrick. My guess is that you don't have first-hand knowledge of the incident and are just making a judgement based on instinct and there is a place for that, but not here. Albeit me to inject reason and the U.S. Constitution into things, but Article 3 provides you and me and the fella in this story with a trial and a def attny and an actual judge. Your instincts are what they are, but I'll be darned if I'm going to let anybody but a judge make a judgement about me.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/18/13 - 10:34 am
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What "drugs" are you talking

What "drugs" are you talking about? The only one charged with drugs was the non-resident. And it was 8.4 grams of MJ. 8.4/28 is less than a third of an oz!! If MJ was regulated like alcohol and tobacco maybe no one in this story's life would be cut short. This is yet another example of the failure of the war on drugs. A third of an oz should be an INFRACTION at the most! But Georgia has no infractions--only felonies and misdemeanors. The first step would be to clean up this state's medieval legal systems. But the fools in Atlanta will never listen.

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