“It was like the shootout at the OK Corral.”

It sounds like there’s more to the circumstances leading to Jakell Mitchell’s death than we originally knew.

Testimony during the hearing showed that Hart and Mitchell both opened fire, and that Hart was moving away from Mitchell when the fatal shot was fired, said Treadwell.

Hart later tested positive for marijuana use, but toxicology results aren’t yet available for Mitchell, Treadwell said.

Authorities had not previously disclosed allegations that Mitchell was armed and opened fire, but additional evidence could be revealed during a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday in Alabama’s Lee County, where the killing occurred.

The probation report said a witness told police that Mitchell got into an argument with a brother of Tyrone Ware, who isn’t otherwise identified. The brother pointed a gun at Mitchell and fired several times, according to the document.

Treadwell said a statement by Hart and a police investigation showed that Mitchell fired several shots with a .45-caliber handgun, and Hart fired a .40-caliber weapon. The path of the casings fired by Hart was “streaming away” from Mitchell, he said.

Investigators found the gun Mitchell was using but the other weapon remains missing, Treadwell said.

If there’s anything to this, I’m sure there are Auburn fans ready to insist that Mark Richt has tolerated far worse behavior at thUGA.  Meanwhile, between the incident and Michael Dyer, is it fair to start asking questions about the gun culture surrounding Auburn football?

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17 responses to ““It was like the shootout at the OK Corral.”

  1. JG Shellnutt

    And these are just the things that Auburn’s program cannot cover up…
    How many other things have gone on over there and we just don’t hear about them?

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  2. I want to hear a specific example of Mark Richt tolerating this kind of shit from his players. If not, Auburn fans should shut up and try and find their long lost sense of embarrassment.

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    • Bulldawg165

      Do we have a specific example of Auburn tolerating this? Michael Dyer was kicked off of the team and I’m sure this Mitchell kid would have been too.

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      • DawgPhan

        I believe that Dyer provided the gun that was used in the home invasion over at auburn.

        That happened prior to the 2011 season. Dyer played without penalty in the 2011 season and was suspended prior to the bowl game. He transferred after the bowl game.

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  3. Spike

    And their shame, Irish.

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  4. The Barn and shame? Surely, you jest.

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  5. Go Dawgs!

    Perhaps we shouldn’t throw stones at Auburn. I hate Auburn football as much as anyone and more than most. However, maybe it’s time to take a look at the gun culture surrounding college football and not just Auburn football.

    At our own beloved University of Georgia, dearly departed Isaiah Crowell was arrested with a gun (the charge of firearm possession was dismissed after the authorities decided they couldn’t prove it was his gun), and if memory serves he was with other UGA players at the time. Florida had a player arrested for firing rounds into the air from a semi automatic rifle. There are plenty of other examples of guns causing trouble for student athletes.

    I’ll make fun of Auburn for just about anything, but you’re never going to hear me saying anything that comes close to mocking them when the death of one of their players is involved.

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    • I’m not an advocate of unfettered Second Amendment rights – there’s no such thing as an absolute constitutional right – but equating mere gun possession to committing a crime with a gun? Not sure I’d go there.

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      • DawgPhan

        Or rather equating it with not knowing that there was a gun in the car you are in.

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      • Go Dawgs!

        Your point is valid. My point was more “there but for the grace of God go I.” I don’t know what happens if one of our guys is strapped and gets into a bad situation. Maybe the same thing as this Auburn deal. Maybe not.

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    • Bulldawg165

      Yeah… there seem to be a lot of fans that don’t realize we live in a glass house

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    • We are not mocking them, but I think Senator is pointing out that while UGA has had it share of problems, other schools particularly Auburn have had far more serious issues.

      Our coach and program has been knocked in the national and local press (and also by opposing fans) as having a program full of undisciplined thugs with a taste for the Jamaican sweetgrass and alarm that goes off at 4:20.

      In the last few years, many of our “problem children” have gone on to enroll at other high-profile programs – including one last week – under the auspices of getting 2nd chances. It is not incorrect to point out that some of rival institutions have far more serious issues of violence and criminality.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    The bama legislature (Georgia too) would likely respond there wouldn’t have been any problem if everyone had at least one gun.

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    • Bulldawg165

      Ok, I’ll bite. This kid was 18, right? I don’t know the specific laws in Alabama, but in Georgia it’s already illegal for him to have a handgun (just like it’s illegal for them to be using marijuana). Do you really think more gun laws would’ve prevented this? Is there any type of situation that people like you won’t use for political purposes, no matter how irrelevant it is?

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        “people like me”, indeed. So your answer is what? Stick your head in the sand? Bitch at those of us who might want to fix the problem?

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  7. Gravidy

    “Gun culture.” Oy.

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