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USC signee indicted on robbery charges

Beach High (Ga.) girls’ basketball star Monique Willis, a South Carolina signee, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm, according to Lydia Sermons, public information officer of the Chatham County district attorney’s office.

Sermons said evidence has surfaced linking Willis to three men who face similar charges in connection with several robberies on Jan. 14, 2008. The story was first reported by The Savannah Morning News.

It is Willis’ second legal issue in the past two weeks. She faces charges of theft by shoplifting, simple battery and criminal damage to property for allegedly trying to steal clothes from Macy’s in the Oglethorpe Mall on April 3.

During Wednesday’s press conference on National Signing Day, USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley said she had yet to speak with Willis about the shoplifting charges, but said she hopes to next week.

“She’s still ours,” Staley said Wednesday. “She signed with us, so we’re going to see her through the process.”

USC spokeswoman Diana Koval said on Saturday that Staley had no additional comment.