Former LSU defensive tackle to be arraigned Jan. 12 in battery case; attorney hopes to resolve matter before trial _lowres


Former highly touted LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, who was dismissed from the football team in late June after his third off-field incident, is scheduled to appear Jan. 12 before a Baton Rouge state judge to answer to a simple battery charge that prosecutors lodged against him this fall.

A police report alleges the 6-foot, 300-pound former three-star prospect dug through the pockets of an unconscious man and then punched the man’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar on June 16.

Three witnesses who told police the football player fled the scene when authorities arrived gave police similar accounts of the incident and identified Lealaimatafao out of a photo lineup, police records indicate.

Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman at the time, was arrested June 19 for simple robbery, a felony, and simple battery, a misdemeanor.

East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors billed him only with simple battery Oct. 9.

“Given the facts as I have them, I think the billing was a more appropriate charge,” Lealaimatafao’s attorney, former prosecutor Brent Stockstill, said Dec. 22. “We do believe a misdemeanor is a more appropriate charge.”

Lealaimatafao’s arraignment is scheduled Jan. 12 before state District Judge Chip Moore.

Stockstill said he hopes to at some point resolve the matter short of a trial.

Lealaimatafao, from San Antonio, Texas, is now a member of the Arizona Western College football team, a junior college in Yuma, Arizona.

He did not play a down as an LSU rookie in 2014 after two off-field incidents that summer.

He punched through a window in the team’s weight room in July 2014, severely cutting his left arm.

Later, he was arrested for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside LSU’s Middleton Library.