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Horton pleads 'not guilty'; Hannah stays mum

Monday, March 3, 2008 | 10:08 p.m. CST; updated 1:35 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — MU men’s basketball player Jason Horton and former MU guard Stefhon Hannah waived their arraignments, which were set for Monday. Both were charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault stemming from a Jan. 27 fight outside a late-night restaurant.

Christopher Slusher, a Columbia attorney, said he filed a plea of not guilty for Horton, 21. He said he filed paperwork to waive Horton’s arraignment Friday.

“I just got the police report last week,” said Slusher, who was recently hired by Horton. “This process is just starting. ... We’ve got things to figure out.”

Clayton Jones, a Raymore attorney, refused to say how Hannah, 22, would plead.

“At this time, we don’t have any of the discovery or any of the (police reports),” Jones said.

The fight with two employees of the Nikai Mediterranean Grill, which is housed in the same building as Athena Night Club, took place after an argument over food, police said.

The employees were identified as “R.A.,” a kitchen worker at the 1100 Locust St. business, and “H.H.,” a co-worker, in a probable cause statement. Court documents say R.A. was hit by Hannah, and H.H. said he punched Hannah after the player attempted to hit him. The fight left Hannah with a broken jaw.

The information, a statement from the prosecutor’s office attached to the probable cause statement, lists a Howard Houston, 35, and Raouf Abushaala, 26, both of Columbia, as witnesses.

The night club portion of the 1100 Locust St. business has since closed, according to a letter submitted to the city’s Department of Finance.

After the fight, Horton, a senior point guard, served a two-game suspension, and remains an active player on the team.

On Feb. 12, Hannah was dismissed from the team for not meeting the team’s academic requirements, according to an MU athletics department press release.

Horton’s court trial is set for 2 p.m. April 15 in front of Judge Deborah Daniels, according to Missouri Case.net. There were no additional scheduled hearings or trials connected to the incident listed on Missouri Case.net.


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