Grand Jury Reduces, Drops Charges against Jefferson and Johns

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A grand jury has reduced charges against

Jordan Jefferson to a misdemeanor for his involvement in a bar

fight and the quarterback's attorney says his suspension from the

top-ranked Tigers has been lifted.

Jefferson is now charged with simple battery. His attorney,

Lewis Unglesby, says there is no way his client will be convicted

if the case goes to trial.

The grand jury Wednesday also cleared reserve linebacker Josh

Johns of charges.

Jefferson and Johns were arrested and booked with second-degree

battery in the Aug. 19 fight, after which four men sought treatment

at hospitals.

Johns' lawyer, Thomas Damico, says his client appeared before

the grand jury for an hour Wednesday morning. Damico says Johns

always maintained he is innocent and there was a case of mistaken