A jury trial for LSU offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell was scheduled to start Monday in Fulton County State Court in Atlanta over charges from his arrest in 2016, according to a court clerk.
Campbell, a Ponchatoula native, was charged with two counts of battery, both misdemeanors, connected to a fight at a Georgia Tech fraternity house during LSU's open week. Campbell pleaded not guilty in a hearing last fall, and he was originally scheduled for a non-jury trial in December.
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The jury trial was set to start Monday, said a Fulton County State Court clerk, reading from the case file. The case file was not made available to The Advocate.
The trial begins at the start of LSU’s spring break. The football team has practiced six times since opening drills on March 11, but the squad has 11 days off, resuming practice April 3.
Georgia Tech campus police arrested Campbell and Georgia Tech football player Jalen Johnson on Oct. 30, 2016, a Sunday during LSU football’s off week. Campbell’s brother is a defensive back at Georgia Tech. The Yellowjackets hosted Duke that Saturday.
According to the police report, the event unfolded at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at 12:21 a.m. that Sunday. Two victims, both GT students, told police they were punched in the face and head by two men. Johnson was booked on one count of simple battery.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron suspended Campbell for about two weeks, lifting the suspension in mid-November of 2016. Campbell, entering his third season at LSU in 2018, played in only the season opener last year before injury. He’s expected to receive a medical redshirt for 2017. Campbell underwent surgery on his foot or ankle over the fall.
He’s been plagued by injury. A player who was expected to compete for a starting guard job in 2017, Campbell missed spring practice last year after undergoing December shoulder surgery. He played in four games as a true freshman in 2016, serving as an immediate backup along the Tigers’ interior offensive line. His role in 2018 is unclear, but LSU lost three starters from the 2017 O-line. Campbell is working behind the starters at guard.
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