It wasn’t to long ago that Michigan State commit and Cass Tech junior quarterback Jayru Campbell was arrested by the Detroit Public Schools Police Department, for slamming a security guard to the ground during Cass Tech dismissal time.
However, since the incident took place, charges have been sought against the young football star accused of attacking a security guard.
On Monday (Jan.10), it was reported by WXYZ-Detroit Sports Director Tom Leyden, that Campbell had been charged with two counts of assault, after body slamming a campus security guard on January 22nd:
Cass Tech's Jayru Campbell has been charged with two counts of assault after incident with security guard at school. #backchannel—
Tom Leyden (@TomLeyden) February 10, 2014
Jayru Campbell charges: 1. Assault With Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm less Than Murder 2. Assault – Aggravated #backchannel—
Tom Leyden (@TomLeyden) February 10, 2014
Then Tuesday (Jan. 11), Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. to officially announce the charges against Campbell and talk about her charging decision.
During the news conference, before announcing the charges, Worthy mentioned that the guard who Campbell slammed “suffered facial injuries.” She then officially announced that Campbell has been charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and one count of aggravated assaulted.
After stating the charges, she went on to say that Campbell’s status as a football commit didn’t affect their decision to prosecute.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, how fast you can run, how far you can throw a football.” Worthy said. “The law applies to everyone.”
WXYZ Action News has most recently reported that a month before Campbell slammed the security guard, he body slammed a fellow student, according to a source familiar with the case.
It’s unclear if school administrators or district officials ever notified police of that alleged assault on the student that we’re told took place in December. District officials declined to comment, citing privacy laws.
When WXYZ Action News asked Worthy if she was aware of Campbell’s alleged assault on a student in December,she replied, “I am aware of other incidents and anything relevant will come out in a court of law.”
Campbell was arraigned in 36th District Court Wednesday morning, he wore his Cass Tech varsity letterman jacket in court for a video arraignment at 36 th District Court.
As I mentioned above, Campbell is charged as an adult with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a 10-year felony, and one count of aggravated assault, a 1-year misdemeanor.
“Considering the circumstances of this case, he should not be criminalized,” said his attorney, Jeffrey Edison.
He would not elaborate on those circumstances, saying evidence would be revealed in court.
“He is a very compassionate young man,” said Edison. “He is concerned about his education. He is concerned about his future.”
His bond was set at $5,000, ten percent.
Campbell is scheduled to appear in court next on February 24 at 9:00 a.m.
At this time, Campbell is currently committed to Michigan State, he committed back in August, turning down scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. However, since verbal commitments are nonbinding until national letters of intent are signed in February 2015, college coaches are not allowed to comment publicly on unsigned recruits according to NCAA rules. So there is no way to know if Michigan State and other schools will pull Campbell’s scholarships away.
Campbell helped to lead Cass Tech to two Division I state championships but his future at Cass Tech appears unclear at this time. Campbell has been on suspension from school since the incident and the Detroit Public School League will decide his school status. Campbell was deemed ineligible by Cass Tech for the first football game of the 2014 season because of a previous altercation that involved an opposing player last fall.
Detroit Public School issued this statement on Campbell’s current status:
“Detroit Public Schools respects Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy’s decision and will assist her office in any way possible. As it relates to Jayru Campbell’s current status at Detroit Public Schools, Mr. Campbell is being afforded his due process rights in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Mr. Campbell’s student records are private and protected from disclosure under Federal law – the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit