DNA Evidence Inconclusive in LSU Bar Fight Case

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Tests for DNA evidence in the case of a
bar fight involving LSU football players were inconclusive, and a grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the matter on Wednesday,
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hiller Moore said.

The genetic testing was done on shoes belonging to quarterback
Jordan Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns, who were both
suspended indefinitely after police obtained arrest warrants for
the two players on felony charges of second-degree battery.

"This case will not be determined by DNA alone," Moore said Monday evening. "It will depend, like most other cases, on witness testimony and their credibility."

Moore said the grand jury is expected to meet at least twice, but he could not immediately predict when the second meeting would take place. Four people sought treatment at a hospital after the Aug. 19

One of them, Andrew Lowery, accused Jefferson of kicking him in the face, causing a fractures in his face and teeth. Jefferson's lawyers spoke to Moore on Monday about the latest developments in the case and said they were not surprised.

"The absence of Lowery's DNA on Jordon's shoe supports our position that Jordon will be cleared," said attorney Lance Unglesby, who along with his father, Lewis, is representing Jefferson. "He should not have been arrested."

Jefferson, a senior who was expected to start, has missed the first three games of the season for undefeated and second-ranked LSU, which plays next on Saturday night at No. 16 West Virginia. Fellow senior Jarrett Lee has started in Jefferson's place.

The fight occurred in the parking lot of a bar called Shady's on the edge of LSU's campus. Police had seized 49 pairs of shoes from Jefferson's apartment two days before obtaining arrest warrants for the quarterback and Johns on Aug. 26.

One of the four people who sought treatment after the fight had three fracture vertebrae. His name has not been released, and no one has been arrested for his injuries.

Authorities have tracked down and interviewed numerous witnesses
in the weeks since the fight and have obtained surveillance videos,
but have not said whether the videos show the fight in much detail.
Attorneys representing the various parties also have conducted
investigations, some of which has been shared with the prosecutors.

"We'll let the grand jury hear from whoever is relevant in this case," Moore said. "We will present the matter fairly and believe there are sufficient facts for grand jury to render a decision."

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