Mills practices with LSU after D.A. charges him with misdemeanor
LSU star defensive back Jalen Mills showed up at team practice today after prosecutors said a criminal charge against him is being classified a misdemeanor.
"We will file a misdemeanor bill," the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office said in an email.
D.A. Hillar Moore denied reports he was downgrading the charge when he announced the simple battery charge.
"Technically my office has not reduced any charges," he explained.
Police had arrested Mills for allegedly punching a woman in the face after she came to his apartment looking for another woman. Officers booked him for the felony of second degree battery, but prosecutors had not yet filed formal charges.
"This is the charge that we believe is appropriate after reviewing the evidence and reports," Moore said. "It is what the law calls for under these circumstances and facts."
Mills is reportedly insisting he is innocent.
Tiger Rag reports that Brent Stockstill, Mills’ attorney, indicated this afternoon that his client will fight the simple battery charge in court.
"It's my understanding that we want a trial on this," Stockstill told Tiger Rag. "He did not commit any crime, and we look forward to proving that."
LSU Football Coach Les Miles allowed Mills to work out with the team, but did not specify the status of his earlier suspension.