FOOTBALL: Dual criminal charges levied against Cass Tech field general, Campbell facing possible time behind bars
DETROIT – More than two weeks after his arrest, Detroit Cass Tech football star Jayru Campbell was charged as an adult with two counts of assault Tuesday in Wayne County District Court.
The charges, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, were formally announced at a press conference held by Kym Worthy and her Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday afternoon and stem from an altercation between Campbell and a school security guard in a Cass Tech hallway last month that was caught on tape.
News of the pending charges circulated Monday on several websites, including StateChampsNetwork.com.
The felony charge carries a maximum ten-year prison-sentence, the misdemeanor could result in a one-year jail term.
“The law applies to everyone, the fact that the defendant is a talented high school football player does not change the facts of this case,” Worthy told he media.
Campbell is 17 and an all-state junior quarterback, who led Cass Tech to repeat Division 1 state championships as a freshman and sophomore and is committed to play his college pigskin at Michigan State.
On January 22, Campbell was videotaped body-slamming a 23-year old security guard employed by a private firm that has a contract with the school, causing severe bruises to his face and an open head wound.
In Tuesday’s press conference, Worthy informed reporters what her office believes was the lead-up to the alleged incident; Campbell was asked by the security guard more than once to remove the hood from his jacket that was covering his head and he repeatedly refused before approaching the security guard, cursing at him and then attacking him.
Following an Assault and Battery complaint being filed with the police in the late afternoon hours of January 22, Campbell was arrested and taken into custody. He was held for 48 hours and released.
Campbell’s status with the school and his Technicians football team are currently unknown, as is the firmness of his future relationship with the Spartans in East Lansing.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound signal-caller is already slated to serve a one-game suspension to open the 2014 campaign due to a punch he threw at an opposing player in the postgame handshake line after Cass Tech got blanked 28-0 by Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the state seminfinals back in November.