Jefferson hires new lawyer

Lewis Unglesby
Lewis Unglesby
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson has hired a high-profile criminal defense attorney to represent him on charges of second-degree battery.

Jefferson retained the services of Baton Rouge attorney Lewis Unglesby on Friday. He had been represented by attorney Nathan Fisher.

"We're ready to hook it up, let's go on, get on with it," Fisher said Friday afternoon. "They've ruined the kid's career."

Fisher said the players spent about two hours at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They turned themselves in after police contacted head coach Les Miles to tell him investigators had arrest warrants in hand.

"Normal procedures were followed. They made bail and now we have to do what we have to do," Fisher added.

After each player posted a $5,000 bond, both were driven off in a black SUV.

"I don't want to comment on that," Fisher said when asked about what's next for the players. "I don't want to comment on what the police did or what the police didn't do. I have to leave right now."

Two hours after the players bonded out of jail Police Chief Dewayne White addressed the media.

"Today is a sad day for the city of Baton Rouge," he began. "Today is a sad day for the Louisiana State University, the LSU alumni and the countless fans that follow the LSU football program."

White said recently surfaced cell phone video supported victim and witness statements made to police. He said it gave detectives sufficient probable cause for the arrests.

The chief spoke to the media for only two minutes and refused to take any questions.

"The department will not comment any further on the merits or facts of this case. Thank you," White concluded.

Michael Bienvenu, the attorney for four people injured in the fight Jefferson and Johns were implicated in, released a statement following the arrests.

"This has been an unfortunate and difficult situation for everyone involved. My clients have remained strong throughout this process and are currently focused on healing their injuries. They would sincerely like to thank the Baton Rouge Police Department for their courtesy, utmost professionalism, and tireless effort in the face of a highly publicized matter. As this matter proceeds further, my clients are confident that this matter will continue to be investigated thoroughly by the police and that the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office will ensure that the ends of justice are served for all parties involved."

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