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Motlow players deny pot is theirs

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Kerrell Deshun Davis
Six members of Motlow State Community College's basketball teams -- four men and two women, most backups -- were charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop late Sunday night, Shelbyville police said.

All were charged after none admitted possessing the drug, officer Chris Vest said.

Kerrell Deshun Davis, 20, Jalen Dion Blackwell, 19, Charles Andrew Waters, 20, and Jerron Allen Washington, 19, all of Memphis and members of the Motlow Bucks men's team, and Kinashia Ichelle Russell, 19, of Clarksville and Lekera Deshay Taylor, 20, of Chattanooga, who play for the Lady Bucks, were arrested on Elm Street near a convenience store where police noticed suspicious activity moments earlier.

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Jalen Dion Blackwell
Davis was also charged with reckless driving and Blackwell with underage drinking. Most are listed as living in one off-campus Tullahoma apartment building.

Three vehicles, one driven by Davis, sped into the parking lot of the BP market on Union Street, which had closed for the night, as Vest watched.

Davis allegedly pulled away and spun his tires at the Elm Street-Union Street intersection, which Vest listed as his reason for the traffic stop.

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Charles Andrew Waters
"I could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle," Vest said in his report. "(Davis) stated that there was no marijuana. He changed his story to there might be some in the driver's door but it was not his vehicle."

Davis told Vest they had been to a party and left when a gun was pulled.

Russell, the car's owner, who police said was riding in the lap of the right front passenger, refused to allow a search of the car, and officer Jody Shelton and drug dog Julie were called.

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Jerron Allen Washington
"Are you going to put that nasty dog in my car?" Russell asked, according to Vest.

"Yes," Vest said he replied.

Julie was placed in the car, alerted on the passenger side and officers found 1.49 grams of marijuana in the driver's door, Vest said.

Russell refused two requests for the car keys so the glove box could be checked before handing them over, police said.

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Kinashia Ichelle Russell
None claimed ownership of the marijuana at that point.

"They continued to claim they did not have part in the drugs," Vest said.

Blackwell smelled of alcohol and admitted drinking at the party, police said, leading to the underage drinking charge.

Russell's mother told police that her daughter "doesn't do drugs" and that police "would pay" her $500 bond and auto impound charges.

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Lekera Deshay Taylor
Only one of the men is a semi-regular starter for Motlow, according to the school's athletics website.

Davis, a 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard from Hillcrest High who transferred from Northwest Florida Community College in Niceville, Fla., after last season and is majoring in "general studies," has started 10 of 19 games in which he played, as of last weekend, and averages 6.6 points per game.

Washington, a 6-foot-3 guard from Kirby High whose major is listed as "undecided," is listed as scoring 2.6 points per game; Waters, a 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman forward also from Hillcrest High, is a pre-med major averaging 2.4 points per game; and Blackwell, a 6-foot-3 freshman wing from Mitchell High majoring in physical education, is on Motlow's roster but no statistics are listed on the website.

Women's stats

Russell, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard from Clarksville, majors in physical therapy and Taylor is a 5-foot-8 sophomore forward from Howard High in Chattanooga majoring in "general studies."

Statistics for the women are not available on the website but Taylor is listed in a Tullahoma News story as having scored regularly in recent games.