Starting Hokies kicker Cody Journell and two other men were charged with breaking and entering Thursday after they allegedly invaded the home of Hokies basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate Sean Allen in a drug dispute.
Journell was arrested Wednesday night with Matthew Dunton, 23, and Matthew Brady, 21 for breaking and entering with a "dangerous weapon" according to Blacksburg Police.
Hudson and Allen later confronted the three men, according to the court hearing, but no charges related to that incident have been filed.
In a Montgomery Country District Court hearing, Journell, Brady and Dunton were denied bond. They are being held at Montgomery County Jail.
They face felony charges for breaking and entering the house of Hokies basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and Sean Allen “with the intent to commit larceny, assault and battery, or a felony other than murder, rape, robbery or arson,” according to their arrest records.
The alleged incident involved a dispute over a drug transaction. According to court testimony from Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettit, the three men went to Hudson and Allen's residence last night because they said Allen stole marijuana from Dunton.
According to Pettit’s testimony, Journell and Brady hid in the bushes as Dunton knocked on the door holding a pizza box. When Hudson answered, Dunton allegedly drew a gun. The two others entered the house.
The dangerous weapon is still under investigation. It may have been an Airsoft gun, which would reduce the charges against the men.
Pettit recommended Brady and Dunton be held without bond because of “prior charges.” Brady is a management major at Tech. Dunton is not a Tech student.
She was willing to accommodate an agreement to release Journell on bond because of his lack of a criminal record. However, Judge Randall Duncan opted to treat all three defendants the same, because of the dangers presented by exposing what appeared to be a firearm to Hudson.
Duncan did allow both sides to discuss a settlement following the hearing that would allow Journell to post bail. It is unclear at this time whether an agreement has been reached.
Journell’s future with the football program is in jeopardy.
"Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore placekicker Cody Journell is immediately suspended indefinitely from the football team in conjunction with University Policy 1035," said Jim Weaver, Tech’s Director of Athletics, in an email.
The policy states that student athletes must be immediately suspended until charges are dropped, dismissed, or otherwise resolved. If convicted, Journell would be permanently dismissed.
Hudson is a senior on the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team. He is scoring an average of 11.6 points per game. He led the team in scoring the past two games. The Hokies have a game tonight against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. According to sources close to the program, Hudson will play.