Zay Jackson is due in court on October 12th for a preliminary hearing, but the prosecutor in the case, Mark Blankenship, wants a plea deal done before Jackson’s case goes to trial.
According to the Murray Ledger and Times, Blankenship plans to “intensify” his efforts to get Jackson to agree to a plea deal, which includes conditions of jail time, restitution to the victims and anger management.
The reason for the effort? Blankenship told the paper he’s concerned that a Calloway County jury pool could be affected by comments about the case through social media.
“The more this gets bounced around, the more concern I have,” Blankenship said, explaining that his office is treating Jackson as “just another Murray State student.” “He’s no different than a biology major from Bardstown.”
Police say Jackson used his car to strike two people Sept. 9 in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Murray. The 20-year-old Hammond, La., native was expected to be a starting guard for the Racers this season. He is charged with assault 2nd degree.
Jackson could waive his October 12th preliminary hearing, according the Blankenship. If so, his arraignment could be moved up until October as well.
At last check, Jackson was still a member of the Murray State basketball team, but is currently suspended from all team activities.