Jordan Jefferson and Joshua Johns (Source: LSUSports.net)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The case of the alleged involvement of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns in a fight outside a bar will be presented to a Baton Rouge grand jury Wednesday.
It is expected to be one of the most-anticipated grand jury meetings in East Baton Rouge Parish in recent history.
Former District Attorney Doug Moreau knows plenty about how to deal with a grand jury. He said the benefit of a grand jury proceeding is it puts witnesses under the pressure of perjury when they testify.
The Baton Rouge Police Department charged Jefferson and Johns with second-degree battery following a fight outside Shady's Bar near LSU's campus. Second-degree battery is a felony and extremely tough to convict.
"The specific requirements require proof of specific intent," said Moreau explained. "So, trying to get into the mind of the defendant, which is sometimes hard to do, in a situation like this particularly. It's not alleged that anybody sat at home and conspired and gathered a gang up for the purpose of committing serious bodily harm."
The grand jury will have the option to return a lesser charge against the two men. Moreau said this case is a recipe for simple battery, which is a misdemeanor.
Jefferson's problems aren't confined to the justice system. K.C. White, Ed.D, is LSU's Dean of Students. She is the disciplinarian of the entire LSU student body.
By federal law, she is prohibited from speaking specifically about any one particular student, but she can talk about general policy and the code of student conduct, which applies both on and off-campus.
She said the police or grand jury does not affect her office procedures.
"The behavior in question may seem subjective," she said. "Did it happen? Did it not happen? But, there's always more to the story and so, that's what we want to get to, the heart of the matter, to get an understanding of the students and what may or may not have involved."
Both Jefferson and Johns have been invited to testify before the grand jury. They are not required, but are allowed if they decide, and that will be up to their attorneys.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:13:19 GMT
Police are investigating whether a person being shot in the chest is connected to a home invasion robbery.Two men attempted to burst into a home in the 106 block of Greenwood Road when shots were fired.More >
A woman fired shots at three men attempting to break into her home, and one of the suspects was shot in the chest, police said. Her husband described the harrowing ordeal. More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:30:51 GMT
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.Alex Anthony Gilbert, 24, of Independence was charged with second-degree murder. His daughter died fourMore >
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:12 GMT
Police are investigating after elementary school kids in Johnson County allegedly had $30,000 stolen from them. Families at Valley Park Elementary, which is located off of West 123rd Street in OverlandMore >
Police are investigating after elementary school kids in Johnson County allegedly had $30,000 stolen from them.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:04:40 GMT
MISSOURI CITY, TX (KPRC/CNN) - When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth, and then was brought back to life. Erica Nigrelli, an EnglishMore >
A pregnant woman's heart stopped, and doctors performed an emergency c-section to rescue the baby and save the woman.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 3:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 07:30:50 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013More >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:13 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:13:31 GMT
Residents of a southern Overland Park neighborhood had feared a vicious killer was on the loose after a jogger was found dead, but his death has been ruled a suicide.Raheel Morani, 24, slashed his ownMore >
Residents of a southern Overland Park neighborhood had feared a vicious killer was on the loose after a jogger was found dead, but his death has been ruled a suicide.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:36:54 GMT
A two-vehicle wreck caused some major backup on Interstate 70 Thursday evening. The wreck closed I-70 westbound past Interstate 670. Drivers reported seeing traffic backed up for miles. Officials saidMore >
A two-vehicle wreck caused some major backup on Interstate 70 on Thursday evening.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 06:31:07 GMT
Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >
The judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The jury announced late Thursday afternoon that they could not reach a unanimous decision on life or death for Arias.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:57:02 GMT
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children. And so she raced against the storm. She had 30 miles to cover from her jobMore >
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:23:48 GMT
A little boy has suffered serious injuries after a car hit him Thursday evening. The 4-year-old boy was hit while in the area of East 35th Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. He was taken to Children'sMore >
A little boy has suffered serious injuries after a car hit him Thursday evening.More >