Charges against three LSU football players, including quarterback Anthony Jennings, will be dropped after they allegedly entered a house without permission in June.
Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas were arrested June 18 and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Thomas was also charged with simple burglary. The players said their aim was to retrieve items that belonged to Jennings and had been stolen.
All three are free on bond. The players' suspension levied by Tigers coach Les Miles after their arrest has reportedly been lifted.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Friday, according to the AP, that the decision was based on the victim's request in addition to inconsistent and contradictory statements provided to police.
“If this was a regular case, if it just involved a regular LSU student, you wouldn't have known it happened," Moore said to the New Orleans Times-Picayune earlier this week. "It would routinely be dismissed. I'm taking my time so we get it right."
According to authorities, the three players and at least three others destroyed locks and a door frame at a campus apartment, taking three pairs of shoes from the apartment. Two days before being arrested, Jennings reported to campus police that a laptop computer, a Playstation 4 game console and three pairs of shoes were taken from his apartment.
Jennings started 12 of LSU's 13 games last season, throwing for 1,611 yards and 11 touchdowns. Thomas was a starting cornerback before he suffered a season-ending knee injury and Bain played in 10 games as a backup last season and made six tackles.
- Jeremy Woo