Ole Miss football signee Jamar Hornsby will not be part of the Rebels’ team, head coach Houston Nutt has announced.
Hornsby, 22, was indicted on a felony assault charge this morning. Nutt issued a statement at 3 p.m. saying, “I am releasing Jamar Hornsby, and he will not be a member of our football team. We wish him the best in the future.”
Hornsby’s attorney was pleased that the indictment did not mention brass knuckles, which Hornsby was accused of using to strike a man outside the Starkville McDonald’s on March 2. He was also arrested on a petit larceny charge which was not mentioned in the indictment.
Hornsby is already on probation after accepting a plea deal in a misdemeanor credit card fraud case that occurred in the fall of 2007. While at Florida he used the credit card of a friend following that friend’s death and charged roughly $3,000 worth of gas.
The absence of brass knuckles in the indictment language wasn’t enough to keep Hornsby in college football. Farese hopes it will keep him out of jail.
“I think this sheds a different light on his probation,” Farese said. “If I were a judge, I might cock my head a little bit on the probabion issue. All along he has said this was nothing more than a fist fight.”
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