LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery.
A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show, and it could impact Mills’ participation in spring practice.
The April 8 court date comes in the midst of LSU’s spring practice, which stretches from March 7-April 18. The Tigers will not practice from April 3-13 because of the school’s spring break. LSU’s spring game is set for April 18.
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.
Simple battery is punishable by up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine.
Mills, a Texas native, 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, for allegedly hitting the woman.
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 Mills’ girlfriend said she hit the woman.
Stockstill, on Mills’ behalf, entered a not guilty plea on Oct. 14. A status hearing was set for Tuesday. That did not happen. The parties reconvened in court last Thursday, where the case was sent to trial.
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.
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