Attorneys for two LSU football players arrested for their alleged role in a bar fight Aug. 19 have received search warrants they formally requested from police two days ago, one of the attorneys said Friday.
Tommy Damico, who represents suspended sophomore linebacker Joshua Johns, said he received the warrant at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Damico also said Lewis Unglesby, who represents suspended senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, received Jefferson’s warrant around the same time.
Police have searched both players’ homes for evidence related to the fight, which includes numerous pairs of shoes.
A hearing was set for Monday about police returning the warrants, but Damico said he plans on having that hearing canceled.
Damico said he believes Unglesby will also cancel the hearing before state District Judge Chip Moore.
Unglesby did not immediately return a call for comment.
Four men were injured and several football players were present at the fight outside Shady’s, 623 E.Boyd Drive, Baton Rouge police have said. Witnesses have given conflicting accounts about the incident, police have said.
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Suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s lawyer wants Baton Rouge police to return some of the almost 50 pairs of shoes they took from his client’s home last month, court documents say.
Baton Rouge attorney Lewis Unglesby also wants police to give him a copy of the affidavit of probable cause for the search warrant, which authorized the seizure of the shoes, a motion to return property and produce affidavit says.
“The police can’t keep property for which they have no use,” Unglesby says in the motion, adding that only some of his client’s shoes were sent to the State Police Crime Lab for DNA analysis.
As for the affidavit of probable cause, Unglesby said, it’s unheard of for such a document not to be released.
“The only time you don’t get those is when you have a case involving a potential terrorist,” he said. “This is not that type of case.”
Unglesby filed his motion Wednesday in state District Court in Baton Rouge. A hearing regarding the motion has been set for 9 a.m. Monday with state District Judge Chip Moore.
Tommy Damico, the attorney for suspended LSU linebacker Joshua Johns, filed a similar motion Thursday.
Damico’s motion asks for the affidavit of probable cause for a search warrant but not for the return of the five pairs of shoes taken from his client’s home in August. A hearing in the Johns’ matter has also been set for 9 a.m. with Moore.
The motions filed by Damico and Unglesby follow the Aug. 26 arrests of Jefferson and Johns.
Both men were arrested and accused of kicking a man lying on the ground during an Aug. 19 fight outside Shady’s bar, 623 E. Boyd Drive.
Four men were injured in the fight and several football players were present, police have said. Witnesses have given conflicting accounts about what happened during the brawl, police have said.
Jefferson and Johns, both 21, were suspended indefinitely from the football team after surrendering to authorities and being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of second-degree battery.
Both players posted a $5,000 bond and were released.
Police searched Jefferson’s and Johns’ homes last month, taking shoes and DNA samples from each.
Unglesby and Damico said despite multiple requests to see the affidavit of probable cause authorizing those searches, the Police Department has declined to do so.
“It’s unusual,” Damico said. “It’s been my experience that they’ve never withheld such a document.”
Police Department spokesman Sgt. Don Stone and Michael Bienvenu, the Baton Rouge attorney representing those injured in the brawl, declined comment.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said he has not yet received any documents from police regarding the cases involving Jefferson and Johns.
However, he said he expects the affidavits of probable cause for a search warrant will be made public soon.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said in a brief statement on Aug. 26 that the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office will receive in “several days” his department’s findings.
It’s been two weeks since White made his statement.