The attorney for Jalen Mills is amassing information to potentially challenge claims the LSU safety punched a woman, leaving her with four stitches in her lip and him arrested on counts of second-degree battery.
Attorney Brent Stockstill said Friday his own investigation into the incident at Mills’ Highland Road apartment has produced information from additional witnesses that Baton Rouge police did not interview after the altercation in early May, details he plans on passing along to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.
“There are a large number of people, at least five or six, that would have information,” Stockstill said. “I think it would be important for someone making their decision about what charge, if any, is going to be filed.”
Mills, 20, a junior from DeSoto, Texas, was arrested early Wednesday morning and bailed out later that afternoon, but he has been indefinitely suspended from the football team.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III confirmed no charges have been filed against Mills.
According to the warrant, a woman knocked on Mills’ door around 1 a.m. on May 4, which he opened before shutting. The woman knocked again, got no answer and walked away.
She told police she heard someone speak to her, turned around was punched in face the by the 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back, a blow that left the victim briefly unconscious.
The woman and another witness later picked Mills out of a six-person photo lineup, according to the warrant.
Stockstill, who worked as a prosecutor in Baton Rouge before becoming a criminal defense attorney, critiqued the details of the warrant, which he called “bare bones,” and said Mills may not have taken a swing at the woman.
“I have received information about that possibly being the case,” Stockstill said.
Stockstill said he’s spoken to witnesses in the past two days who “have information that was clearly not reflected in the warrant.”
“You will discover later on that there were a large number of people at Apartment 303,” Stockstill said. “Now, I can tell you too that the police have spoken to some of those people after they issued the warrant, but I think it’s kind of late.”
However, Stockstill said he does not dispute that “none of the parties involved knew each other.”
Police have obtained a statement from Mills after he was arrested, which came on the heels of skipping a meeting set on May 29 for 5 p.m. Tuesday in order to allow Mills to return to Baton Rouge from Houston.
Still, Stockstill declined to outline a counternarrative of events leading up to the victim being struck. Instead, he plans on passing any relevant details on “Monday or Tuesday” in meetings with Assistant District Attorney Steve Danielson.
Stockstill said he’s heard information that the woman was punched by another female, both of whom may have had interest in Mills, but could not say whether his own information corroborated that theory.
“I’ve heard a lot of things,” Stockstill said. “I’m not going to claim everything is true and correct until I know everything is true and correct.”
Asked to square up how a situation involving seeming strangers escalated, Stockstill passed on fleshing out the scenario.
“Quite frankly, if I told you everything I knew, I could fill in those blanks,” Stockstill said. “I’m not going to publicly release it.”
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