NEW ORLEANS – Suspended Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey said he had nothing to do with the armed robbery of a co-worker and fellow student at her apartment on Broadway Street Uptown on July 12.
A statement was issued on Mackey’s behalf by his attorneys Rick Kohnke and Rick Kelly.
“He is confident that once the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident come to light that he will be fully exonerated,” the attorneys said in the statement.
Mackey, 22, was booked with armed robbery after police said 19-year-old Robert Murray and another gunman burst into the victim’s unlocked apartment and stole her laptop, cell phone and purse.
Police allege that Mackey, who was in the victim's apartment with her at the time, knew the suspects and helped arrange the crime, acting as a victim while it was going on.
Police said Murray implicated Mackey in a statement taken after his arrest.
Police are still working to identify the third suspect in the incident.
Mackey is a red-shirt senior at Tulane. He played for the Green Wave in 2010 and 2011, after transferring from Duke. Mackey was selected as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in Conference USA.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.