Jefferson and Johns chance to play for LSU this year still up in the air

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 4:00pm

THIS IS A FOX44 UPDATE -- The fate of two LSU Tigers, Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns, has yet to be decided by a grand jury. 

Right now, the two football players are charged with felony Second Degree Battery, but that could change depending upon what the grand jury decides.

Those charges could be knocked down to simple battery, a misdemeanor.

Attorneys say about 16 witnesses went before the grand jury today, and that's without the witnesses for the football players. Testimonies started at around 9 this morning and they've been going all day.

Michael Bienvenu is the attorney for the four men injured in the fight. Three of his clients testified today. He says he expected this case to go to the grand jury from the beginning.

"Obviously, the DA can make a decision on his own if he wants to...we respect that," stated Bienvenu.

Attorneys were not allowed in the room during the testimonies, but Bienvenu says the grand jury heard from witnesses and the police who investigated the case. He was not sure if Jefferson or Johns took the stand.

Bienvenu says he doesn't expect the grand jury to decide tonight. Instead, the grand jury would meet again next Wednesday and a decision would hopefully be made after that.


BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The lawyer for suspended LSU players, Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns, confirms the case will go to a grand jury Wednesday, Sept. 21.

That means evidence will be heard to see if the case will move forward. Late last week, Lewis Unglesby filed a motion asking to speed up the process.

Unglesby also said today the DNA has come back from the crime lab and it's "inconclusive".

Investigators took DNA from Jefferson, along with nearly 50 pairs of shoes, were taken from the former starting quarter back's apartment late last month. Just days after Jefferson and Johns were charged with felony second degree battery.

Lance Unglesby, Lewis Unglesby's brother and law partner said in a response to NBC33, "The absence of Lowery's DNA on Jordan's shoe supports our position that Jordan will be cleared. We are glad the results of the DNA testing came back in a timely manner. As we have maintained from the beginning, Jordan should not have been arrested."

The grand jury hearing is set to start on Wednesday.


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