Mychal Bell, center, one of the Jena Six, appears with attorneys Carol Powell Lexing, left, and Louis Scott leaves LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena, La., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. Bell, whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here was released on bail Thursday. His release came hours after a prosecutor confirmed that he will no longer seek an adult trial for the teen.(AP Photo By Alex Brandon)
One Corporate Media Version Of Events:
The father of "Jena Six" member Mychal Bell has been accused of assaulting his son's attorney Wednesday morning after a hearing in Baton Rouge.
Marcus Jones is alleged to have confronted Carol Powell-Lexing in an elevator right after she finished in her "official capacity on behalf of his son" at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association building in Baton Rouge. The association on Wednesday morning denied Bell athletic eligibility to play football during his fifth year of high school.
Reading from a report filed by Lexing, Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely said via telephone that a "very upset" Jones began blaming Lexing for the hearing's outcome. Jones then spat in Lexing's face after pointing his finger and "yelling profanities," Mckneely said, quoting the report.
Jones then pushed Lexing down, although a witness reported seeing only the spitting incident, Mckneely said.
Lexing said Thursday that she visited a doctor's office after the altercation, but she did not elaborate on the type or extent of any injury.
Jones said Thursday that he did blame Lexing and pointed at her during the argument, but he said he would never get into a physical fight with a woman.
"I didn't touch her," Jones said. "She shoved me."
The only witness in the elevator was Mychal Bell's mother, Melissa Bell, Jones said. Melissa Bell could not be reached by phone Thursday.
The case is being turned over to Baton Rouge detectives, Mckneely said.
Bell was one of six Jena High School students accused of beating up a fellow high school student. Bell entered a guilty plea to a juvenile charge and was sentenced to 18 months as a ward of the state.
He has been living in Monroe and attending Carroll High School.
Another Version Of The Same Story...
Attorney Carol Powell-Lexing leaves after a hearing for her client Mychal Bell at LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena, La., Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. Bell is the only one of the group known as the Jena Six to have been tried so far in the December beating of a white classmate. (AP Photo By Alex Brandon)
Carol Powell Lexing of Monroe, an indigent defense attorney, filed a report with Baton Rouge police stating that Marcus Jones spat in her face and pushed her down in an elevator after the LHSAA denied Bell an extra year of athletic eligibility.
Lexing confirmed Thursday that she filed the report but declined further comment.
Cpl. L’Jean McKneely of Baton Rouge police said the report was forwarded to investigators. McKneely also said an attempt to contact Jones was unsuccessful.
Bell, one of the “Jena Six” defendants accused of beating up a fellow high school student, sought to regain the year of eligibility he lost while awaiting trial. Bell was convicted of second-degree battery, a conviction that was later overturned because Bell was tried as an adult instead of a juvenile.
He entered a plea agreement and was sentenced to 18 months as a ward of the state. Bell has been attending Carroll High School in Monroe, where he had hoped to play football this season. The LHSAA’s hardship committee unanimously denied Bell the extra season of eligibility.
“If it weren’t for his attorney, Mychal would be able to play football,” Jones said after the decision. “They coerced him into taking that plea agreement. If he wouldn’t have taken that plea, he wouldn’t be in the position he’s in now.”
According to the Baton Rouge police report, a witness observed Jones spit in Lexing’s face but did not indicate seeing Jones shove Lexing.
Bob Noel of the Indigent Defense Board said Lexing will continue to be a part of Bell’s defense team.
“For the last year, the defense team has worked very hard on behalf of Mychal Bell,” Noel said. “Nothing Marcus Jones did reflects on Mychal. He’s been doing everything he’s supposed to do.”
These people stay in some type of controversy.
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