3 charges dismissed for Jayru Campbell

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — Three serious charges were dismissed Monday against Cass Tech football standout Jayru Campbell in an assault case involving his former girlfriend.

The charges against Campbell, 17, involved an incident last month in a stairwell at Cass Tech, where videotape showed Campbell pushing his 5-foot-2, 115-pound former girlfriend away from him in a school hallway as he grabbed her cellphone and appeared to read texts on it.

Campbell had been charged with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony that could have put him behind bars for up to 10 years upon conviction. He also was charged with unarmed robbery, a domestic violence charge, and fraudulent use of a computer (the teen's cellphone). The domestic violence charge — a 93-day misdemeanor — is the only one that remains after Monday's hearing.

Judge Ruth Carter of the 36th District said she did not believe it was Campbell's intent to keep the 17-year-old girl's phone and that she also did not believe the prosecutor was able to prove the more serious assault charges.

"I don't know what we have on the video that he was attempting to do great bodily harm to her," Carter said Monday.

Campbell's attorney Jeffrey Edison said in court that while it was "inappropriate and wrong" for Campbell to put his hands on his former girlfriend, the charge of intent to do great bodily harm was not appropriate.

"We are satisfied justice was served here today," said Edison following the court hearing.

Campbell will remain locked up until he has a probation violation hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny. He was on probation for the January assault on a school security guard when the incident involving the ex-girlfriend occurred.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Kam Towns told Carter that Campbell pushed his former girlfriend repeatedly as she tried to get her cellphone away from him.

Towns, who showed the short videotape from the Sept. 12 incident at Cass Tech, said Campbell choked the girl during the incident before other male students pulled him away.

"He was putting his hand around her throat in a squeezing manner that (the girl) says was hard," Towns said Monday.

Monday's hearing was a continuation of an Oct. 3 preliminary hearing in which Campbell's ex-girlfriend testified about the incident.


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