Not-guilty plea entered for MSU recruit Jayru Campbell in Cass Tech body-slamming incident

Not-guilty plea entered for MSU recruit Jayru Campbell in Cass Tech body-slamming incident

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Not-guilty plea entered for MSU recruit Jayru Campbell in Cass Tech body-slamming incident

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The Detroit Cass Tech football star accused of slamming a school security officer into the floor appeared in Wayne County Circuit Court this morning for an arraignment.

Jayru Campbell, 17, faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. A plea of not guilty was entered during the brief hearing this morning at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, and another hearing was set for Friday.

Campbell is out of custody on bond and had support of family and friends in the courtroom. Several wore Michigan State apparel to the hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge James Chylinski.

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Campbell, a quarterback on the football team who verbally committed to play at Michigan State in 2015, wore a green sweater and was mostly silent today.

After the hearing, attorney Walter Pookrum, who stood in for attorney Jeffrey Edison today, declined comment.

Campbell is accused of picking up a 23-year-old security officer and slamming him down. Prosecutors have said the officer asked Campbell to remove his hood several times while he was inside the school.

In a video of the incident, a person believed to be Campbell can be seen slamming a security guard to the ground.

Edison previously said that his client is “extremely remorseful for whatever took place,” adding he’s ready to move forward.

The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000, and the misdemeanor count is punishable by up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $1,000.

Campbell was arrested by the Detroit Public Schools Police Department on Jan. 22 after the incident occurred inside Cass Tech at dismissal time.

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