By MELINDA WILLIAMS
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Suspended Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell was released from Montgomery County Jail Wednesday on $100,000 secured bond.
Journell and his co-defendants, Matthew Brady, 21, and Matthew D. Dunton, 23, appeared in Montgomery County Circuit Court to appeal a judge’s decision to hold them without bond following their Dec. 21 arrests in connection with an alleged home invasion.
While Journell was granted bond, Brady and Dunton withdrew their appeals., reportedly to hire new attorneys.
According to reports, the judge ordered Journell to abide by a 6 p.m. curfew and live with his parents in Ripplemead, in Giles County. He also is to remain drug and alcohol free.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Feb. 23.
According to Blacksburg Police Department, officers responded to a report of a physical altercation at a residence on Lee Street outside the town limits around 9:53 p.m. Dec. 21.
Arrest warrants state the men entered the residence “over some sort of drug transaction.” Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate Sean Allen live there.
According to a report in The Washington Post, Montgomery County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt indicated during last week’s bond hearing that Dunton was searching for Allen when he allegedly knocked on the door to the residence while holding a pizza box.
Pettitt alleged Dunton pulled a handgun and Brady and Journell, who had been hiding in some bushes, “charged the residence” when Hudson answered the door.
A man who was waiting for the defendants in a vehicle outside the Lee Street residence told police the men were looking to confront Allen over stolen marijuana, according to more recent reports.
Journell, a marketing management major, has been suspended from the football team indefinitely under a policy that requires student-athletes charged with a felony to be indefinitely suspended until the case is resolved.
The Hokies are slated to play Michigan in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Jan. 3. The team left for New Orleans Wednesday, minus Journell.
This season, he made 14 of 17 field goals and 43 of 44 extra points to win all-ACC honorable mention. His longest field goal was 42 yards.
Brady is a junior from Winchester and Dunton, the son of former Liberty men’s basketball coach Randy Dunton, is an employee at a Blacksburg yogurt shop, according to reports.
Blacksburg police said each of the men is charged with breaking and entering under a Virginia Code that makes it a Class 2 felony “due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon.”
Hudson and Allen were in an altercation with the three defendants when they found the men after the invasion.
Blacksburg Police Lt. Steve Taylor told The Washington Post last week that additional charges may be filed as a result of the second altercation.