No gun charges vs. Seton Hall's Theodore

No gun charges vs. Seton Hall's Theodore

Published Apr. 5, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

The Essex County prosecutor's office has dismissed a potential gun charge against Seton Hall point guard Jordan Theodore because of insufficient evidence.

After investigating a complaint that Theodore of Englewood displayed a handgun on the South Orange campus on Feb. 15, the prosecutor said Tuesday there wasn't credible evidence to warrant a prosecution.

The university had conducted its own investigation and allowed Theodore to finish the season after finding no evidence to support the accusation.

Allegations of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a vehicle and possession of a firearm without a permit were brought against Theodore by Darlene Epps, the mother of dismissed Pirates basketball player Keon Lawrence.


She alleged that Theodore and two other masked men showed up at her son's dormitory room armed with weapons and confronted her son.

The incident allegedly happened after Epps and her partner had a run-in with Theodore's mother at a Seton Hall game at the Prudential Center on Feb. 15 after her son was kicked off the team by coach Kevin Willard three days earlier.

After Lawrence and Jamel Jackson were dismissed, Jordan Theodore said the coach had no choice in making his decision. said that during the game Theodore's mother, Carol, was attacked in the stands by Epps' partner because of Theodore's comments.

Epps told South Orange-Maplewood Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Rosenbluth that her son telephoned her after the men showed up and she rushed over to the school and confronted the three. She told the judge at the probable cause hearing that Theodore jumped into his car and hit her in the hip.

The judge found probable cause that Theodore had unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, but he found no probable cause for the other charges. The prosecutor office then investigated and dismissed the last charge.