Attorney enters innocent plea for Jordan Jefferson

Attorney enters innocent plea for Jordan Jefferson

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LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) celebrates his their 41-17 win over Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Posted on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- An attorney for former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson entered a plea of innocent Thursday on Jefferson's behalf to a charge of misdemeanor simple battery that stems from an Aug. 19 fight outside a Baton Rouge bar.
 
   An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Jefferson Sept. 28, accusing him of simple battery on Andrew Lowery. Lowery's attorney, Michael Bienvenu, has said Lowery suffered a fractured jaw and was kicked unconscious.
 
   The Advocate reports Jefferson's attorney, Lance Unglesby, entered the plea at an arraignment hearing. Unglesby said Jefferson was not required to appear.
 
   "We're looking forward to examining the allegations made by Mr. Lowery," Unglesby said after court. "We believe his words will not hold up ..."
 
   Lowery told police that Jefferson and teammate Joshua Johns were among a group of people who attacked him outside Shady's, a bar south of the LSU campus. Jefferson and Johns were arrested Aug. 26 and booked on one count each of second-degree battery, a felony.
 
   The grand jury later indicted Jefferson on a lesser charge of simple battery, a misdemeanor. The panel declined to indict Johns.
 
   State District Judge Chip Moore set the next hearing in the case for May 10.
 
   Bienvenu, who also represents several other people injured in the brawl, reiterated Thursday that he anticipates filing civil lawsuits in connection with the incident.
 
   "They'll be coming shortly," he said.
 
   Jefferson and Johns told police they were at Shady's that night but denied involvement in the fight. Police have said the fight started when a man in a truck blew his horn to try to clear a crowd in the bar's parking lot. Some witnesses, however, have said the fight was already in progress when the truck approached the crowd.
 
   A simple battery conviction in Louisiana carries up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
 

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