Thursday, March 27, 2014

Old Dominion wide receiver charged with 'malicious wounding'

Old Dominion wide receiver Jakwail Bailey finds himself in deep trouble after he was arrested this week and subsequently charged with felonious malicious wounding.

Bailey was suspended from the team by head coach Bobby Wilder on Wednesday for an unspecified violation of team rules. It now appears we know the precise explanation for his suspension.

Here's the breakdown of the story as told by The Virginian-Pilot:

Norfolk General District Court records indicate that Bailey was arrested by the ODU Police on Tuesday for an incident that occurred Sunday night.

Amanda Howie, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, said the altercation occurred in the 1000 block of 39th Street, where the District at ODU, a privately-run dormitory, is located.

Howie said Bailey is accused “of punching the victim in the face.” The victim’s jaw was broken, she added.

Bailey is set to remain behind bars until his bond hearing next Tuesday. He currently has a preliminary hearing for April 28 too.

The arrest comes as a surprise to Wilder as his senior had no previous disciplinary problems while attending the school.

“Jakwail Bailey has been a model student athlete in his three years in our program,” Wilder said. “He has been a dean’s list student and he has been active with community service.

“We will follow the court proceedings and we will support Jakwail to the best of our abilities.”

The New Jersey native caught 18 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns last season.

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