Co-defendant involved in second altercation
LSU running back Jeremy Hill has stayed out of trouble and fulfilled some of the terms of his two-year probation for punching a man outside a Tigerland bar in April, his attorney informed a state judge Wednesday.
But Hill’s codefendant in the case, Robert Bayardo, was arrested in August after allegedly having a second altercation with the same victim outside another bar, a prosecutor told District Judge Mike Erwin during a review of both men’s probations.
“Are you stupid?” Erwin asked Bayardo, who, like Hill, pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor simple battery charge stemming from an April 27 incident in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar on Bob Pettit Drive.
In that incident, a cellphone video released by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office shows Hill and Bayardo, both 21, punching a 20-year-old man and then giving each other high-fives in front of the victim after he fell to the ground.
Erwin put Hill and Bayardo on probation for two years and one year, respectively, in July and ordered them to have no contact with the victim.
In response to Bayardo’s Aug. 27 arrest involving the victim, the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Bayardo with simple assault. Bayardo told Erwin he did not know the victim would be at the bar. He is scheduled to appear before state District Judge Bonnie Jackson for his arraignment on the simple assault charge.
It was Jackson who put Hill on probation for two years in January 2012 after he pleaded guilty as a high school senior to a misdemeanor charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. That probation is scheduled to expire next month. Hill is slated to appear before Jackson on Jan. 10 for a probation review.
The incident involving the juvenile occurred in December 2010. Hill was accused of engaging in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the Redemptorist High School locker room.
Hill had completed the conditions of his 2012 probation before the April punching incident occurred, so Jackson later added a special condition of 40 hours of community service.
Hill hopes to perform those hours by Jan. 10, his attorney, Marci Blaize, said Wednesday after court.
“That’s the sole condition left with her,” Blaize said.
In July, Erwin ordered Hill and Bayardo to pay the medical bills of the victim of the April incident, write letters of apology to him, perform 50 hours of community service and attend an anger management class.
Blaize said Hill has paid his share of the medical bills, performed some community service and attended an anger management class.
“We’ll be working on that (completing the community service) real soon,” she told Erwin. “There just hasn’t been much free time to get that done.”
Assistant District Attorney Sue Bernie informed the judge that Hill has not written the apology letter because LSU does not want Hill’s signature in the public domain. Erwin said typing the letter would be a perfectly reasonable resolution.
“We’ll do it,” Blaize said.
Blaize also asked Erwin to shorten the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew that Hill has been under since early May, saying Hill has little time to go to a movie and have a late dinner if he chooses to do so.
“He ought to be in the film room,” the judge replied with a wry smile before setting Hill’s curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Blaize said after court that Hill performed well in school this semester.
“He’s thriving as a student and as a young man,” she stressed.
Bayardo has completed his community service, written his letter of apology to the victim and paid his restitution.
Erwin said he will review Hill’s and Bayardo’s probations on May 5.
Hill was suspended from the LSU football team for three months following his April 27 arrest.