Two former Pitt football players fail to appear for preliminary hearings

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Two men who were members of the University of Pittsburgh football team when police said they were caught with drug paraphernalia failed to appear in court for their preliminary hearings this morning.

One of them, Khanyin Mosley-Smith, 21, came to city court later this afternoon with a letter confirming that he had performed community service and will have his charge dismissed, according to Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office.

The other, Eric Williams, 20, did not show and was held for trial in Common Pleas Court, Mr. Manko said.

Pittsburgh police sent summonses to Mr. Mosley-Smith, Mr. Williams, and fellow player Andrew Carswell, 21, in April after police found them inside an Oakland home while trying to serve an arrest warrant for a man accused of selling heroin to undercover detectives.

Mr. Manko previously said in an email that the district attorney's office agreed to the community service deal after, "The officer told us ... that while he thinks the three players knew what the fourth man was doing at the house, they were not involved in it and the charge of paraphernalia referred to items that were observed in the common area of the house."

Mr. Mosley-Smith remains on the team on indefinite suspension. Mr. Williams and Mr. Carswell were dismissed from the team on April 30. Pitt football coach Paul Chryst could not be reached for comment, and it is unclear whether the withdrawal of charges will affect the status of Mr. Mosley-Smith's suspension.

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