Meriweather Cleared as a Suspect in March Shooting

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August 12, 2011 at 03:29pm ET

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Meriweather now has one less thing to worry about following Friday's news. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported on Friday that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather is no longer being investigated as a suspect in a shooting that took place back in his home town back in February.

In a story that has had some pretty sketchy details and varied accounts of what actually happened, Meriweather was listed as anything from a shooter to a peacemaker during the investigation.  Some of the accounts were certainly questionable, as Meriweather has had a fairly clean record since joining the Patriots.

However, Jeff Williamson, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s public information office, told The Herald that the Patriots safety no longer has to worry about being charged as a suspect, although he's still reportedly a witness.

Williamson also told the newspaper that the case is now being “inactivated,” not closed.

Hopefully the veteran safety will get to put this behind him and focus on football.  During last night's preseason game against Jacksonville, Meriweather combined for five tackles, joining Patrick Chung and Leigh Bodden as just  a few of the regular starters in the secondary who saw action last night.

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