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Dec 12, 2012 11:17 AM

Murray State Player Pleads Not Guilty

MURRAY (AP) - A Murray State basketball player has entered a not guilty plea to hitting a couple with his car in the parking lot of a Walmart.

The Paducah Sun reports 20-year-old Zaveral "Zay" Jackson of Hammond, La., entered the plea Tuesday in Calloway County Circuit Court to charges of second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Jackson was indicted last week for the second time in the case.

Originally, he was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, but entered a guilty plea to lesser charges of first-degree wanton endangerment in exchange for a 30-day jail sentence and diversion.

However, the original judge stepped down and a new judge rejected the proposed sentence as too lenient. Jackson then withdrew his plea, which sent the case back to the grand jury.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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