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Police: Meriweather present at shooting

3/10/2011

Police and the NFL are trying to determine what role, if any, New England Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather had in a shooting in Florida last month.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department issued a statement on Thursday saying that Meriweather, among others, was present at a shooting Feb. 28 that is being investigated.

According to multiple media reports, the shooting occurred at a residence in Apopka, Fla., where Meriweather went to high school before heading to Miami and then the NFL.

Sheriff's Department records list Nico Stanley, 23, and Quentin Taylor, 24, as victims in the Feb. 28 shooting on W. 17th Street and S. Central Avenue in Apopka, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The lawyer for the two men, John Morgan, told multiple media outlets that the two men claim that Meriweather was the shooter. They claim to have gone to high school with Meriweather, who graduated in 2002. Morgan said he had just met the men and was not jumping to conclusions.

"I don't know if it happened or not," he said, according to the Sentinel. "I am presuming him [Meriweather] innocent until proven guilty."

And he told WEEI Radio in Boston that he wasn't convinced Meriweather was the shooter.

"I have a lot of doubt about that," Morgan said. "That's what these fellas told me. But I don't assume that to be true at all. I assume nothing to be true until we get an investigation completed."

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