Glenn Guilbeau / GANNETT LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE\
BATON ROUGE – There may be a smoking puncher in the case involving LSU football player Jalen Mills.
“He was not the person who struck the victim,” Baton Rouge defense attorney Brent Stockstill, who is representing Mills, told Gannett Wednesday night. “That would be consistent with some of the information I’ve received.”
Stockstill has been told by witnesses that another woman struck the female victim as both may have had romantic interests in Mills.
“That is what witnesses have said,” he said. “I am still trying to get his side of the story. There were several people around when this happened.”
A junior starting cornerback for LSU from the Dallas area, Mills was arrested Tuesday night by Baton Rouge Police on a felony second degree battery charge for allegedly punching a woman in the mouth on May 4 at his apartment complex on Highland Road near LSU. Mills, 20, spent Tuesday night and most of Wednesday in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail before being bailed out by his parents for $10,000 late Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve been contacted by several people that were there when the incident took place,” Stockstill said. “And their version of what happened is not consistent with the arrest warrant.”
The arrest warrant says that Mills came up from behind the victim and punched her in the mouth at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 4. Both the victim and one witness picked Mills out of a photographic lineup. The victim was knocked unconscious momentarily and needed stitches on her lip, according to Baton Rouge Police. After police investigated, they contacted Mills on May 29. He was out of town, so a meeting was set up for 5 p.m. Tuesday – the day after LSU’s summer classes began. Mills did not make the appointment and was arrested late Tuesday night after police located him through LSU.
Stockstill plans to meet with Mills on Thursday. A bond review hearing has been set for late July, he said. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore will review the case.
“The district attorney will decide if charges should be filed or what charges should be filed,” Stockstill said.