Wayne County prosecutor charges Jayru Campbell with two felonies, says law has ‘consequences for everyone’


    Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.comBy Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com 
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    on February 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM, updated February 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    DETROIT, MI — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday charged 17-year-old Michigan State football recruit Jayru D. Campbell with two adult felonies for body-slamming a Cass Technical High School bodyguard Jan. 22.

    “It doesn’t matter how fast you run … the law applies to everyone,” said Worthy at a press announcement at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

    Campbell, a prominent football recruit from the Metro Detroit area committed to Michigan State as a quarterback for the fall of 2015, is now charged with aggravated assault and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
    The guard “asked Campbell to remove his hood, the security officer informed the student that he must report to the office, pursuant to school regulations,” Worthy said in a statement Tuesday. “It is alleged that Campbell became profane, picked the officer up, and slammed him on the floor.”
    The guard endured a facial injury and open wound to the head. “I am told that he is recovering,” Worthy said Tuesday.
    She expects Campbell will be arraigned Wednesday and said it took three weeks to investigate the charges due to an extreme shortage of assistant prosecutors.
    “We don’t charge people or not charge people based on their station in life,” Worthy said. “The law has consequences for everyone.”

    In a video of the altercation that has spread on YouTube, it appears Campbell makes the first contact with the shove of the security guard but, quickly, both lock arms in a brief struggle that ends with the guard on the floor.

    Michigan State is prohibited, by NCAA rule, on commenting on prospects until they have signed a national letter of intent. Campbell has verbally committed to signing with the Spartans, however, verbal commitments are not binding.

    This is not the first time that Campbell has made news for his physical outbursts. In November, Campbell was suspended for the opening game of the upcoming 2014 season after punching a Detroit Catholic Central player in the handshake line following Cass Tech’s 28-0 loss in the Division 1 state semifinals.

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