Report: Jury will decide Jefferson's fate

BY foxsports • September 28, 2011

A grand jury will decide Wednesday whether to proceed with second-degree battery charges against LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Jefferson and Johns turned themselves in to police Aug. 26 on the felony charge, which stemmed from a bar fight one week prior.

The Baton Rouge, La., grand jury heard witnesses and examined evidence Sept. 21, and will finish hearing testimony Wednesday, according to the report.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the grand jury could either confirm the second-degree battery charge, reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, dismiss the charge, or choose to pretermit, meaning the panel does not feel it has been presented with enough evidence to make a decision.

Jefferson's lawyer, Lewis Unglesby, has said the 21-year-old quarterback intends to testify before the grand jury.

Jefferson, who started for LSU the past two seasons, was accused by at least one witness of kicking a man in the head during the fight, breaking his jaw. Another man involved in the melee was reported to have suffered three broken vertebrae in his lower back.

Jefferson and Johns were suspended indefinitely by head coach Les Miles following their arrests. The Tigers have ascended to No. 1 in the AP poll after impressive wins against Oregon, Mississippi State and West Virginia.

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