Crime & Courts

Former USC player charged in Five Points bar fight due in court Monday

Jalen Dread, right, appears with his attorney, Lori Murray, during a bond hearing May 9. Dread is accused of punching a man in the head during an argument in a Five Points bar in April.
Jalen Dread, right, appears with his attorney, Lori Murray, during a bond hearing May 9. Dread is accused of punching a man in the head during an argument in a Five Points bar in April. tkulmala@thestate.com

The next appearance for a former USC football player accused in an assault at a Five Points bar has been moved to a different court.

Jalen Dread, 20, is charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault and battery, accused of punching a man in the face during an argument at the Five Points Saloon on Harden Street on April 29.

His appearance scheduled for Wednesday morning in Columbia Municipal Court has been moved to General Sessions court. He will instead have a first appearance Monday, according to the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. There was no word Tuesday on the reason behind the move.

Dread was released from jail on personal recognizance May 9. His attorney has requested a jury trial, saying during his bond hearing that his arrest by Columbia police was a case of mistaken identity.

In South Carolina, magistrate and municipal courts handle misdemeanor offenses that carry 30 days in jail or less. Along with felonies, General Sessions court handles misdemeanor offenses that carry more than 30 days in jail.

Under state law, third-degree assault and battery carries a maximum of 30 days in jail.

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