WKU announces 6 football players suspended

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Six Western Kentucky University football players have been suspended indefinitely. They were part of a seven-person indictment handed down Wednesday by a Warren County grand jury.

WKU announced today that “Quinton Baker, Chris Johnson, Xavier Lane, Tyler Obee, Jahcour Pearson and Cecil Stallings, have been suspended
indefinitely from all team-related activities pending further developments.”

The office of Attorney General announced today “that a Warren County grand jury has indicted seven men on charges ranging from felony wanton endangerment to criminal trespass.”

“The seven defendants are alleged to have unlawfully entered the premises of the Pi Kappa Alpha Western Kentucky University fraternity on March 5, 2017, and four of the defendants are alleged to have assaulted an individual,” said a press release from the AG’s office, which cited the indictment.

Those indicted Wednesday include Quinton A. Baker, 19; Xavier D. Lane, 20; Tyler Obee, 18; and Cecil C. Stallings, 20, who were each charged with complicity to wanton endangerment, first degree; complicity to assault, fourth degree; and criminal trespass, third degree.

Andrew O’Bryan, 19, was charged with menacing, and criminal trespass, third degree. O’Bryan is a former WKU football player who has transferred.

Jachour H. Pearson, 19, and Christopher R. Johnson, 21, were each charged with criminal trespass, third degree.

Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Unit is handling the case, the press release said. The division is responsible for assisting local prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases, as well as handling cases in which local prosecutors recuse themselves.

The Bowling Green Police Department investigated the case. A bond amount has not yet been set, nor an arraignment date scheduled.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Wanton endangerment, first degree, is a Class D felony carrying a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

Assault, fourth degree, is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.

Menacing is a Class B misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

Criminal trespass, third degree, is a violation carrying a penalty of a fine of up $250.

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