The attorney for Harrisonburg High School senior Alex Owah says the star athlete will ultimately be acquitted of the drug possession charge he currently faces.
Owah was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana last week, after Harrisonburg Police officers say they found the drug in his car after stopping him for speeding.
On Wednesday, Owah's attorney, Harrisonburg-based Bob Hahn, released the following statement to local media:
"We have the utmost respect for the Harrisonburg Police Department. However, not every arrest results in a conviction and Alex maintains a
presumption of innocence. Upon a review of the facts in this case, we
strongly believe that Alex will ultimately be acquitted of any wrongdoing and will be allowed to return his focus to his next goal of attending college while considering his options with reference to continuing his athletic career at the collegiate level. All that he would ask for at this time is for the public to reserve judgment until after this entire matter has been sorted out through the judicial process."
Owah won three gold medals at last Saturday's AA State Track Meet, four days after being cited.
Harrisonburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Don Ford said Tuesday that no one within the school system was aware of Owah's current legal trouble until this past Monday.
Owah is due to appear in Harrisonburg/Rockingham General District Court June 17.