A jury will decide if Brigham Young University football standout Jaron Dabney stole a $59 shirt from an Orem store in January.
Fourth District Judge John C. Backlund Thursday set a trial date for June 15 at 1 p.m. for the speedy kick-return specialist.Backlund also apologized to Dabney for issuing a warrant for his arrest recently after a scheduling mix-up between the court and the running back's legal counsel.
Dabney did not address the court during the pretrial hearing. His attorney, Gary Weight, also declined to speak to reporters. The trial was requested despite a previous admission of guilt in a statement issued after the player's arrest.
Orem police said Dabney took a designer shirt from ZCMI in the University Mall. As he attempted to leave, employees asked the suspect to return to the store. Dabney allegedly fled, eluding employees when he crossed University Park-way.
Workers fingered Dabney, a native of Sealy, Texas, as the suspect when he returned to claim a day planner that was left in the store. Police issued a citation on Jan. 13.
BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins said Dabney's case has been resolved through the school's Honor Code Office.
"The decision is he's still in school, will continue to play and will work with the honor code office," Jenkins said.