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Grand jury to hear Jefferson case

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson's second-degree battery case will be heard by a grand jury beginning Wednesday.

It's been quiet on the legal front concerning the bar fight for a couple of weeks, but now it's sure to heat back up again as LSU gets ready for its trip to No. 16-ranked West Virginia on Saturday. It will be the third nationally ranked team LSU has played away from home this month.

So far, the Tigers haven't seemed to be distracted, which is a credit to LSU coach Les Miles, his staff and the leadership on this team.

But with evidence being heard this week by the grand jury, the whole incident will be back in the news, meaning it's going to be hashed and re-hashed.

There's also a new twist. Jefferson's attorney, Lewis Unglesby, filed a motion last Friday in state district court in an effort to speed up the legal process. Unglesby requested in the motion that a judge determine whether there's enough probable cause to charge Jefferson, who has missed the Tigers' first three games along with backup linebacker Josh Johns, who was also charged with second-degree battery in connection with the bar fight.

In that motion, Unglesby claims the alleged victims in the fight made racial slurs prior to the fight, according to the attorney for the alleged victims, Michael P. Bienvenu. Those claims are false, Bienvenu said, and are merely an attempt to "character-assassinate the victims in the case."

Bienvenu told The Baton Rouge Advocate that three of his clients, all of whom are white, were with minorities the night of the fight and that none of the witnesses who were interviewed about the incident, including Jefferson and Johns, mentioned racial slurs until Wednesday.

"It was not until last week, when Mr. Jefferson apparently convinced several LSU players to provide statements on his behalf that, quite curiously, this allegation of racial slurs first arose,” Bienvenu told The Baton Rouge Advocate.