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Suspended USC CB Josh Shaw Will Not Be Charged by LA County DA

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USC still plans to have its own investigation, so Shaw's return is still up in the air.

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According the OC Register, the Los Angeles County district attorney has decided not to charge suspended USC cornerback Josh Shaw in connection to the incident that preceded Shaw injuring his ankles by jumping off a third story balcony.

Shaw had been under investigation after getting into an argument with his girlfriend, then fleeing the scene by jumping from a balcony. However, a document from the DA’s office obtained by the Register on Monday states that "there is insufficient evidence to prove that Mr. Shaw assaulted the victim in any manner."

The redshirt senior and his girlfriend both denied there being any physical or sexual assault that took place at The Orsini apartment complex. The document the OC Register obtained says there was "a heated argument," a lamp thrown by the girlfriend and then two 911 calls from neighbors while both Shaw and his girlfriend went their separate ways to calm down.

When police arrived on the scene, Shaw dangled from the balcony and jumped down. He told the Los Angeles Times last week that he was wearing sandals and felt shooting pain in both ankles when he hit the ground.

That started the whole Josh Shaw saga that included a fabricated superhero story of saving his nephew from drowning, lying to USC officials and eventual recanting after holes in the story were discovered. Shaw was suspended indefinitely.

In his interview last week, Shaw said USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was willing to welcome him back after the Boston College game, but Shaw has remained suspended. It is widely believed that USC wasn't willing to make any decisions while Shaw was under investigation.

Could this lead to Shaw returning before the end of the season? Last week, the OC Register reported that USC officials planned to conduct their own investigation following the conclusion of any police investigation and the newspaper suggested that Shaw would not return to play for the Trojans this season.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden confirmed that the school planned to investigate the matter itself if Shaw was cleared by police. Steve Sarkisian has said previously that the matter "hasn’t reached my desk yet."

Josh Shaw was not at Monday's closed practice. It is uncertain when he could be back with the team, if at all this season.