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Former Florida State lineman Ira Denson charged as accessory to first-degree felony

In a story that keeps getting uglier, former Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson has been charged as an accessory to a first-degree felony for his part in a Dec. 22 shooting that resulted in a man getting shot in the head.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the 19-year-old Denson was sitting in the passenger seat when his associate, Tarron Addison, fired shots from the driver’s seat as they drove away. Tim Pruitt, the half-brother of Seminoles running back Mario Pender, was hit in the ear.

These charges have been piled on top of charges of theft and illegal use of a credit card after Denson was arrested for allegedly stealing Pender’s credit card and using it to purchase shoes three days prior to the shooting incident.

When Pender confronted Denson and wanted his money back. The two arranged a meeting at a Tallahassee apartment complex when shots were fired.

According to the Democrat, Denson told police “he would have never driven to the apartment building that day had he known Addison had a firearm,” but text messages sent earlier that day seem to indicate otherwise.

In one message, Denson asked his cousin if he had a pistol. A second message was sent to Addison asking about a “357,” a type of gun, court documents said.

Denson eventually admitted that he “saw Addison put a weapon underneath the driver seat.”

Denson was booked on Wednesday and posted $25,000 bail.

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