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LSU players appear before grand jury

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It is still unknown if suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will answer questions in his own defense during the grand jury hearing Wednesday, but some of his teammates appeared before the panel. Jefferson has not been spotted.

Josh Johns, the other LSU football player facing charges, arrived for the hearing shortly before 10:30 a.m. He showed up through a basement entrance, avoiding media cameras. It remains unknown if he will appear before grand jurors.

Earlier, three other LSU football players arrived to answer questions under oath. Lavar Edwards, Derrick Bryant and Evan Washington are expected to give their accounts of what happened on the night in question.

Several witnesses and alleged victims testified a week ago about the bar fight outside Shady's Bar last month.

Both Jefferson and Johns are facing felony charges. There are three possible decisions the grand jury could hand down later in the day.

The panel could formally charge the two players with second-degree battery or simple battery. Members could also find the pair should not be charged in the case.

A charge of second-degree battery means intentional serious bodily injury. It is a felony. If convicted of second-degree battery, Jefferson and Johns could face up to five years in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.

A simple-battery charge means intentional use of force or violence. This is a misdemeanor. If convicted of simple battery, the two men face up to six months in prison and fines up to $1,000.

The third option for the grand jury is to return a "no true bill." This means no probable cause was found to support the charges or for some reason, the grand jury could decide the charges should not be prosecuted. There would no longer be a criminal case, but there would still be room for a civil one.

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