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Investigators in Scott case want to talk to 911 caller

August 09, 2007|Lance Pugmire | Times Staff Writer

Detectives investigating an alleged residential burglary that resulted in the arrest of UCLA receivers coach Eric Scott are trying to locate and interview a 911 caller who reported three men forcing their way inside a Norwalk home where guns and drugs were later found.

The lead detective on the case said Wednesday he expects to present his complete findings to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office by Friday. The district attorney will then decide whether to charge Scott, 32, or two others arrested at the scene.

Sheriff's authorities are investigating whether Scott entered the home, the detective said. Scott "was arrested for the burglary, but what he did to be arrested -- his participation -- I don't know," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Det. Rick Broussard said. "We're not sure he was an active participant."

Arrested with Scott were his cousin Timothy Williams and Jesus DeAlba, who last season was on the New Mexico Highlands University football team.

Scott's attorney, Milton Grimes, has claimed the first-year receivers coach -- who played for and graduated from UCLA -- did nothing but sit in his Mercedes while DeAlba visited a "cousin" at the home.

Scott's arrest unearthed his record that included pleas to three crimes, all misdemeanors, from 1996 to 2005. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has said an April background check of Scott was clean, but Bruins Coach Karl Dorrell indicated he knew some details about Scott's prior troubles but has declined to elaborate.

A school official said Wednesday that having a misdemeanor would not exclude a person from being hired by UCLA. The same source, who asked to remain anonymous, said university officials consider the circumstances involved with each case.

Scott is on paid administrative leave. Grimes said he expects the coach to be allowed back on the UCLA practice field if he is not charged in the case.


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