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Some of those witnesses were on the football team, including defensive end Lavar Edwards, who came to the Wednesday’s hearing.

“We feel the indictment that was returned in that case was totally in accordance with what was presented,” Burns said.

She said District Attorney Hiller Moore has not decided precisely what penalty will be pursued.

“That’s not something that we are seeking at this time, to say that we want jail or do not want jail,” Burns said. “What we want to do is go through and have a fair presentation of trial and allow the judge to make a fair sentencing at that time.”

Attorneys did not discuss details of the grand jury proceedings, which by law must remain confidential.

One of the men who sought treatment after the fight, Andrew Lowery, has accused Jefferson and Johns of beating and kicking him, adding that Jefferson kicked him in the face.

Police responded to the allegations by searching Jefferson and Johns‘ homes, taking shoes from both, and performing tests for DNA that were inconclusive.

Unglesby decried the police’s handling of the matter, which the lawyer said has already caused Jefferson to miss four games.

“We didn’t have to go through all of this unnecessary delay,” Unglesby said. “You’re not supposed to give them bad treatment because of celebrity, and I do think that’s what happened.”

Jefferson, who’ll be a senior, has started since the end of his freshman season in 2008, going 20-7. He led LSU to an 11-2 record, including a 41-24 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl in which he was an efficient 10 of 19 for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

Before the fight, Miles had said repeatedly that Jefferson was the projected starter in 2011, a year when the Tigers have increasingly realistic national title aspirations.

Miles values Jefferson’s versatility. Jefferson’s 450 yards rushing last season narrowly eclipsed Nelson Stokely’s previous record for an LSU quarterback of 449 yards in 1969. Jefferson’s seven touchdowns rushing tied a school record.

Yet Miles said he did not believe it was unfair for Jefferson to lose his starting job, given that he was at a bar, after curfew, and, regardless of whether he’s convicted, got close enough to bar brawl to be implicated and arrested.

“He put himself in a bar at the whim and wish of those people that he’s in the bar with,” Miles said. “When you walk into a place and you’re a very identifiable, noteworthy guy, frankly, you need to be very careful where you go and whom you hang out with.”