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Updated: 02/26/2014 08:00:01AM

Hayes acquitted

in battery trial

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PHOTO BY CJ NEWTON

Burney Hayes on the sideline at a Lake Wales High School football game. He also helped coach basketball at the high school, and is currently a minister in Bowling Green, Fla.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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A former Lake Wales citizen basketball coach for the Lake Wales Highlanders was acquitted of battery, by a jury ruled at the Polk County Courthouse, last Wednesday.

Burney Hayes had been charged with battery after allegedly forcefully removing a basketball player from the gymnasium at Lake Wales High School.

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