Charges lifted against RB's accused killer

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA - Prosecutors dropped charges against a man accused of killing Vanderbilt football star Kwane Doster, the Tampa state attorney's office said Tuesday.
Rodney "Roscoe" Roman was charged with first-degree murder in Doster's Dec. 26, 2004, shooting death.
But Roman, 30, has said he was elsewhere when the 21-year-old running back was shot in the parking lot of a sandwich shop.
"Since the filing of the charges against the defendant, repeated adverse evidentiary developments have taken place preventing the state from going forward in the prosecution of this case at this time," Prosecutor Jalal A. Harb said in a court document filed Tuesday.
State Attorney Mark Ober said Doster's slaying is still being investigated. His office released no other information.
Police said the shooting occurred after Doster and a group of friends and another group of men argued about their cars while leaving a night club.
Roman's mother owns an Infiniti sedan that matched a description of the car carrying the gunman. Doster's friends had identified Roman as the one who fired at them, court documents said.
Roman was released on $250,000 bail in June.
Doster had finished his junior season at Vanderbilt. In his college career, he had 1,621 yards rushing, 256 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
  • COMMENTATOR TROUBLE: Former NFL receiver Brian Kinchen will not work as an ESPNU commentator this week because of a comment he made during last Saturday's broadcast of the Northern Illinois-Iowa game.
    Kinchen was explaining the need for receivers to make catches with their hands because they are "tender" and can "caress" the ball. He then paused and said, "that's kind of gay, but hey ..."
    "The comments were inappropriate, and we apologize for them," said ESPN's vice president of public relations Josh Krulewitz.
    Kinchen's future with ESPNU is under review, Krulewitz said.
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    "They were completely inappropriate and not at all a reflection of who I am or the way I perform my work," Kinchen said in a statement issued by ESPN. "I have learned from my mistake and look forward to continuing my broadcasting career."
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    Coach Mike Shula said he also expects receiver Keith Brown to return Saturday against Mississippi State after missing the past two games with a left knee injury.
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    "I did a bunch of sprintouts and rollouts, and I felt really good," he said. "I didn't expect it to feel this good.
    "Come Saturday, it'll be fine," Wilson said.
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    Brown was not made available for interviews following Tuesday's practice.
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