An arraignment date for LSU defensive back Jalen Mills has been scheduled for Oct. 14, according to court documents.
Mills is charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, for allegedly striking a woman in a May incident at his apartment complex. He plans to plead not guilty.
Mills’ court date is the Tuesday after LSU’s game at Florida and before the home game against Kentucky. Judge Richard “Chip” Moore, of the 19th Judicial District in East Baton Rouge Parish, will preside over the arraignment.
Mills started at safety in the first two games at LSU. He had a game-changing interception in the season-opening win over Wisconsin in Houston. The Tigers are 2-0 and ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press top 25.
Mills, a junior from Texas, had a summer-long suspension lifted on the first day of fall camp, Aug. 4, when East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar 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. The warrant did not identify the victim or the witness.