Court Martial Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A court martial has been put off until next week for an Air Force Academy football player accused of illegal steroid use.

Junior running back Matthew Ward of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is charged with wrongful use and possession of an anabolic steroid.

On Wednesday, the judge ruled that drugs seized from Ward's backpack will be admitted as evidence when the trial resumes next week.

Ward is the second football player and second of five cadets to face steroid charges. Linebacker Overton Spence Junior of Jacksonville, Florida was acquitted last week.

Spence testified during his court martial that he didn't know the steroid he was taking was illegal. He was reinstated to the football team Monday.

Ward could face ten years in prison and dismissal from the Air Force if convicted on both counts.

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