The attorney for suspended LSU defensive back Jalen Mills told USA Today Wednesday that his client did not punch the female victim in the alleged May 4 battery that led to Mills' arrest this week.
"He was not the person who struck the victim," Brent Stockstill said. "That would be consistent with some of the information I've received ... I've been contacted by several people that were there when the incident took place. And their version of what happened is not consistent with the arrest warrant."
Mills was arrested early Wednesday and charged with second-degree battery after the victim told police, per his arrest warrant, that following a confrontation at his apartment door Mills punched her in the mouth. Acording to the warrant, the victim and a witness who corroborated the account each identified Mills out of a six-person police lineup.
Stockstill said he had received differing accounts, suggesting the victim may have been punched by another woman over conflicting romantic interests concerning Mills.
Mills was released on $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon and has been indefinitely suspended by LSU, with Les Miles saying he would not comment until the case's legal resolution.
The 20-year-old Texas native is a two-year starter who earned freshman All-American honors as a cornerback in 2012 before moving to safety late in the 2013 season. He was the Tigers' third-leading tackler in 2013 with 67 stops.