Ole Miss football signee Jamar Hornsby will be back in court Friday where it is expected he will be indicted on charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor petit larceny, his attorney said.
Hornsby, who played last season at East Mississippi Community College, was arrested in Starkville in on March 1 after an altercation at the McDonalds restaurant.
The Oktibbeha County grand jury has already met.
“Indications are there will be an indictment. We’ve been told we need to be in court on Friday,” attorney Steven Farese said. He said his client will enter a plea of not guilty.
Hornsby, 22, is already on probation after accepting a plea deal in a misdemeanor credit card fraud case that occurred in 2007 while he played for the University of Florida. Hornsby saw action in eight games with the Gators. He was suspended for the other five for selling his complimentary game tickets, an NCAA violation.
After earning MVP honors in the community college north division, Hornsby was expected to immediately compete for the starting strong safety position at Ole Miss. Last week at SEC Media Days Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Hornsby would not be allowed to practice with the team before his legal process was complete. The Rebels begin practice on Aug. 10.
Farese did not rule out the possibility of a settlement but said the process isn’t likely to be complete soon.
“You never know, but we’re not going there with the belief that we’re just going to walk in and say, ‘This has been a bad day for everybody, and everybody go home.’ I don’t think that will happen,” he said.
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