MSU's Jackson to Waive Preliminary Hearing
By WestKyStar Staff
MURRAY, KY - Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson will reportedly waive a preliminary hearing on assault charges and may go straight to arraignment in Calloway Circuit Court.
Jackson, accused of striking two people with his car, was suspended from team activities after the alleged Sept. 10 incident was made public. Jackson is charged with two counts of second-degree assault for hitting Jason and Alia Clement with his car in the parking lot of the Murray Walmart.
According to the Paducah Sun, Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said Monday that Jackson will likely waive his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled in Calloway District Court for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
If the hearing is waived, the case will go to a grand jury for indictment. Attorneys can also waive indictment and take felony charges directly to circuit court for arraignment, which Blankenship said could happen.
He said Jackson’s attorney may be attempting to hurry the case along due to the fact that Jackson has been suspended while charges are pending.
Blankenship said nothing has been finalized yet. He also said that Jackson’s position on the basketball team is irrelevant to the case.