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July 09, 1986

District Attorney Harry Connick said he has decided to try the four remaining defendants accused in the Tulane basketball sports bribery scandal that resulted in the termination of the program.

The key defendant in the 1985 case, former star forward John (Hot Rod) Williams, was acquitted June 16 during a retrial on charges that he accepted drugs and money for shaving points at two games in February, 1985.

Williams and eight others were indicted last year on charges of fixing the outcome of games against Memphis State and Southern Mississippi.

The second-round draft choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers last year had been in limbo because the NBA would not allow him to play while the charges were pending.

Before Williams' trial, two other Tulane students pleaded guilty to the sports bribery charges and former players Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson received immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony against Williams.

Former Tulane point guard David Dominique, convicted bookmaker Roland Ruiz, alleged bribe courier Craig Bourgeois and Tulane student Kenneth Turkel still face trial in the case.

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