By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A court date to help decide the legal future of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was still to be decided by the Lafayette County Justice Court Monday morning.
A warrant was issued for Tunsil, who was taken into custody by a sheriff’s deputy and booked at the Lafayette County Detention Center Friday afternoon on a charge of domestic violence. Tunsil was logged in at 2:45 p.m. He was out on bond 40 minutes later, according to the jail docket.
According to an employee at Justice Court, Tunsil’s appearance in a court will come in time, once the paperwork is processed from the jail. The charge he is facing is a misdemeanor. That court date could be set as early as this afternoon.
Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze issued a statement on the matter Saturday. According to the Freeze, and other media accounts, Tunsil was coming to the aid of his mother, who was allegedly in an physical altercation with Tunsil’s stepfather.
More information on the case is being reviewed by the sheriff’s department, and more details may be made available in the coming days. Part of the waiting process involves Tunsil and his mother, and the decision by them to possibly press charges the other way in the case.
In the statement, Freeze said that Tunsil and his mother were planning to press charges. No information on that side of the case has been made available.
Here was Freeze’s statement on Tunsil from Saturday.
“Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family,” Freeze said. “As we gather more facts, we will make decisions accordingly.”