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Nov 23, 2012 9:05 AM

Murray State Player Withdraws Plea

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A Murray State basketball player has withdrawn his guilty plea to hitting a couple with his car after a newly appointed judge rejected a deal recommending pretrial diversion.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports that means the case against 20-year-old Zaveral "Zay" Jackson will go back to its beginnings, starting with being heard by a grand jury. Judge Craig Clymer said that means Jackson will be subjected to the original charges of second-degree assault.

A plea deal in the case had downgraded the charges to wanton endangerment and recommended that Jackson serve 30 days in jail and go through pretrial diversion.

However, the original judge in the case stepped down after being questioned about prejudice, and Clymer said he thought the deal overlooked the seriousness of the case.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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