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Bucky Covington Cleared of Grand Theft Charges

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The Florida State Attorney’s office decided there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed with grand theft charges against one-time ‘American Idol’ contestant and country singer Bucky Covington. As a result, the charges stemming from an incident in July at the Iron Horse Saloon near Daytona Beach have been dropped.

“After a review of the information and evidence presented, the prosecutor determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Covington beyond a reasonable doubt at trial,” a recent memo reads. Covington had publicly denied that he or any member of his band or crew was involved in the theft of $1500 from promoter William Fuller. Fuller claimed the singer and his brother made off with the cash while he was being rushed to the hospital with chest pains.

“It’s absolutely and completely false,” Covington told the Daytona Beach News-Journal after the allegations were made public by TMZ. “The promoter didn’t have his fingers together. He did not pay people. I didn’t get paid.”

Covington is continuing his summer tour while working on new music. In April, he told Taste of Country he’s been exploring the more soulful side of country music.

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