Charges Dropped for Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder

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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, Tyson Gillies, can finally get back to baseball now that his attorney, Kevin Hayslett, got the charge of possession of cocaine dropped.

"My attorney, Kevin Hayseltt, did a fine job. He believed in me.”

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Tyson Gillies can finally get back to the game of baseball now that all charges against him have been dismissed. On August 20th Gillies was arrested for felony possession of cocaine arising out of a June 11th incident, which occurred in Clearwater, Florida.

According to Tyson’s Attorney, Kevin Hayslett, with the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. "the State Attorney’s office came to the conclusion that Tyson neither possessed nor had ingested any controlled substance". According to the arrest affidavit Gillies was leaving a nightclub, and was walking along Highway U.S. 19 in Clearwater when he was offered a ride back to the team hotel by a Pinellas County Deputy Sheriff.

Upon arrival at the hotel Gillies exited the police cruiser. At some point later the Deputy observed the presence of what he believed to be cocaine in the backseat compartment area of his vehicle at or near the location where Gillies had sat earlier. The substance was submitted for testing and came back positive for cocaine. Based upon these facts Gillies was arrested for one felony count of possession of cocaine.

Gillies retained high profile Florida criminal defense attorney, Kevin Hayslett who had previously represented Hulk Hogan’s son and many other professional athletes. Hayslett entered a not guilty plea at The Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, in and for Pinellas County, case number CRC-1018004CFANO, State of Florida vs. Tyson Gillies, on his client's behalf on September the 1st. According to Hayslett, he sent the prosecutor evidence of his client’s innocence. “I was able to provide several highly sensitive drug screens that all came back negative as well as some very compelling additional information,” said Hayslett.

According to Mark Hunter with the Kamloops news, who further quoted Hayslett “a drug screen that was done within hours of the incident showed that Gillies clearly had no drugs at all in his system …after they had the benefit to see the evidence that I was in possession of, they determined to drop all charges and basically vindicated Tyson.”

According to Kamloops News, Tyson Gillies had this to say. “I know who I am and what I’m about as a person and was stunned with the things I had to go through. I want to thank my family, friends, and the Phillies for their support and being behind me since Day 1. My attorney, Kevin Hayseltt, did a fine job. He believed in me.”

Tyson injured his left hamstring back in May and came to Clearwater to rehabilitate. Now that the hamstring is good condition, surgery isn’t needed. He will however, spend the next couple of weeks training in Vancouver with running coach, Brian Hoddle. With his legs being an important factor in his life, Tyson is determined to be back in perfect shape before returning to spring training in Clearwater in early 2011.


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