Animal Cruelty Charge Dismissed Against Tennessee Linebacker

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    After a long process that has spread out over the last few months, a Knox County Sessions Court Judge dismissed the case of animal cruelty against Aaron Beasley. The sides met in court today for a preliminary hearing, that didn’t last very long. The ruling to dismiss the charge came down after defense attorney Chloe Akers presented the case of Beasley, who has maintained his innocence since the accusations were first brought forth.

    UPDATE: Aaron Beasley has been fully reinstated to the Tennessee Football program. He was in the facility this morning and is now allowed to participate in full team activities. 

    According to sources, Beasley was visited by animal control in the first few weeks of the investigation and it was decided he could keep his own dog and cat, which he previously bought the dog from the accuser.

    The Beasley family maintained their son’s innocence and have met with the coaching staff at Tennessee numerous times since the incident in question, according to Aaron’s mother.

    According to sources, the matter should be resolved from a university standpoint soon enough and Beasley should be reinstated to the football team.

    Furthermore, people close to the case, gave the impression that the attorneys office presiding over this alleged incident did not have much evidence to go off of. Also, the handling of the case was another factor in the decision today. I reached out to Beasleys attorney Chloe Akers, who provided this statement on the dismissal.

    “We are happy with the court’s decision to dismiss the case against Aaron Beasley. As defense counsel stated this morning, Aaron maintained his innocence and denies these unfounded and unproven allegations. We will not make any further comments regarding this matter at this time.”

    Sources also told me that don’t expect any further charges brought from the incident in question and consider this a closed matter.

    Stay tuned for further information regarding the matter.

    Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.