Illini players charged in burglary

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Posted on April 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 3 at 11:40 AM

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- A University of Illinois football player has pleaded not guilty to residential burglary and property theft.
  
Sophomore defensive back Walt Aikens entered his plea Monday in Champaign County court.
  
The 18-year-old sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., was arrested April 21.
  
State's Attorney Julia Rietz says Aikens and fellow player Lendell Buckner are suspected of stealing a laptop computer and other electronics from a dorm room.
  
Court records indicate Chicago native Buckner has been charged with two counts of residential burglary. The 19-year-old redshirt freshman lineman has not entered a plea.
  
Lawyers for the players did not return telephone calls for comment.
  
University spokesman Kent Brown says Aikens and Bucker are indefinitely suspended.
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