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Charge dropped, 2 remain against ex-Dunbar coach

A Fayette County grand jury has dropped one charge against former Paul Dunbar High School baseball coach Mickey Marshall, leaving two charges of theft "by failure to make a required disposition" involving funds from the baseball booster club.

Marshall will be arraigned Friday following his indictment last week by the grand jury.

Marshall, 38, was charged in July in Fayette District Court with three felony counts of theft involving allegations that he did not use money the way the Dunbar baseball booster club intended.

But on Nov. 10, the grand jury dismissed one of the counts, involving a $2,000 check to Marshall from the booster club for a baseball trip.

According to Fayette Circuit Court records, the two charges that involve incidents in which Marshall allegedly:

■ Obtained a $4,000 check on Oct. 8, 2007, from the booster club and agreed to pay for a scoreboard but "failed to make the required payment."

■ Obtained a $6,500 check on Sept. 7, 2007, from the booster club to pay assistant coaches but did not pay them.

Marshall's attorney, Jim Lowry of Lexington, declined to comment Tuesday.

In an August interview with the Herald-Leader, Marshall said that he repaid a person who lent the booster club $4,000 for the scoreboard and that the $6,500 was used for travel and other expenses when he and three assistant coaches went to Philadelphia for a conference.

Marshall, who was suspended in May from his position as a teacher at Dixie Elementary Magnet School, resigned Sept. 22, said Lisa Deffendall, a spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools.

Marshall is scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.

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