LSU defensive back Jalen Mills goes on trial next week for simple battery; court docs: prosecution to use 2 key pieces of evidence _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior safety Jalen Mills

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The prosecution plans to use screenshots of text messages and photos of the victim in the trial against LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, according to court documents.

Mills’ trial for simple battery is set to begin Wednesday in the 19th Judicial Court in East Baton Rouge Parish. Richard “Chip” Moore will preside over the trial of Mills, a rising senior on the football team who allegedly struck a woman in a May incident at his apartment complex.

The trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

In a motion for discovery, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore outlined evidence for the trial, including text messages, photos of injuries to the victim and defendant, six pages of the victim’s medial records and 19 shots of the crime scene.

Simple battery is punishable by up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine.

Mills, a junior from Texas, had a summer-long suspension lifted on the first day of fall camp, Aug. 4, when Moore charged him with the misdemeanor. Mills was originally arrested in June on a charge of second-degree battery, a felony.

According to a warrant, the woman needed four stitches to close a gash on her lip following an alleged altercation with Mills after she knocked on Mills’ door looking for a friend. A witness corroborated the victim’s story and both picked Mills out of a photo lineup.

Mills’ attorney, Brent Stockstill, has said that his client “hit nobody” and that Mill’s girlfriend hit the woman.

In his LSU career, Mills has started all 39 games, and he ranked seventh in tackles in 2014 with 62. He’ll return as the secondary’s most experienced player next year.

LSU is in the midst of spring practice, but the Tigers will take off next week during the school’s spring break.