Zay Jackson pled not guilty to assault and wanton endangerment today in Calloway County Circuit Court. A grand jury indicted the Murray State basketball player in November for allegedly hitting two people with his car in the local Wal-Mart parking lot. Jackson had previously worked out a pre-trial diversion deal of 30 days in jail, but special circuit judge Craig Clymer rejected that as “too lenient.” Attorneys for both sides said they still hope to work out a plea deal.
Defense attorney Gary Haverstock says Jackson hopes to raise some money in his hometown in Louisiana during the holiday break to help pay for his alleged victims’ medical expenses. Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship says Jackson’s potential plea deal won’t depend on that. Clymer set the next hearing date to discuss a deal for February 4 in McCracken County Circuit Court.