Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- State prosecutors have dropped a second criminal case against a suspended Tulane University football player.

New Orleans police arrested star linebacker Trent Mackey in September for a University area burglary, one month after a separate arrest for armed robbery.

Investigators said Mackey was behind an August burglary in the 600 block of Broadway Street.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office refused that charge this week.

Office spokesman Christopher Bowman said prosecutors 'did not have enough evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.'

Mackey's attorney, Rick Kohnke, criticized the burglary case, alleging that a police investigator twisted the truth.

'As we have insisted from the outset, the arrest of Mr. Mackey should have never occurred,' Kohnke.

Mackey is still facing criminal charges in the separate armed robbery case. That case is pending.

Bowman said the office is aggressively pursuing that matter.

Mackey was suspended from the Tulane football team shortly after his first arrest. The standout linebacker from Port Sulphur is a senior at the school.

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