They each had to post $12k in bail before being released to their home states of Georgia and Texas.
University of Minnesota Crookston student-athletes Anthony 'A.J.' Barge and Joseph Moorer, each charged with four felonies relating to an alleged armed robbery last Wednesday in Crookston's Woods Addition, have had their first day in court. Although, according to the Crookston Police Department, both initially admitted guilt during interviews investigators after being taken into custody, Moorer pled not guilty in Polk County Court on Friday, with Barge entering his not guilty plea in court Monday.
The court granted both suspects extradition privileges to return to their respective home states with the promise that they will return for upcoming court dates. Moorer will return to Houston, Texas to reside with his family and Barge will travel back to his home in Georgia. Bail was set at $12k for each defendant and has been posted.
Future court proceedings for Barge and Moorer will take place the week of July 8, 2013.
After the alleged incident, which involved an air gun made to look like a real Beretta pistol, the UMC Athletics Department dismissed both Barge and Moorer from their respective teams. The starting quarterback on the Golden Eagle football team the past two seasons, Barge, through his Twitter account, tweeted in late April that he was leaving school and returning to Georgia. Moorer played for the Golden Eagles basketball team.