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Nov 8, 2012 10:04 AM

New Judge Rescinds Plea Deal For Murray State Basketball Player

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A new judge overseeing the case against a Murray State basketball player who pleaded guilty to hitting a couple with his car has rejected a plea deal that recommends pretrial diversion.

Judge Craig Clymer said the recommended deal overlooks the seriousness of the actions by Zaveral "Zay" Jackson. The Paducah Sun reports that Clymer instead offered Jackson the choice of a year in jail or taking the case to trial.

Jackson was supposed to be sentenced last month, but Calloway Circuit Judge Dennis Foust abruptly recused himself after a member of the media questioned whether he was biased in the case. Foust said he was not, but stepped down to remove any appearance of bias.

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