Browns release rookie Walcott after attempted murder charge filed

  • Associated Press
  • June 27, 2013 - 7:18 AM

PASSAIC, N.J. -- The Browns have released rookie Ausar Walcott after he was charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey.

Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in the incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities tell The Record newspaper the 23-year-old Hackensack native and former University of Virginia player punched 24-year-old Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen's Club closed.

Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.

Walcott is held on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a defense lawyer.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month.

The Browns released a one-line statement Wednesday afternoon announcing Walcott's release.

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