- Associated Press - Thursday, October 14, 2010

DALLAS (AP) - Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn has been cleared by the university to return to class while the star player faces allegations that he broke his girlfriend’s jaw in a domestic dispute, his attorney said Thursday.

Attorney Vikram Deivanayagam said Dunn would be in class Thursday, a day after a Baylor disciplinary panel lifted a suspension imposed last week.

The leading scorer from last year’s team that reached the NCAA regional finals remains suspended from the team because he still faces a felony aggravated assault charge, the attorney said.

Police in Waco say Dunn’s girlfriend, Lacharlesla Edwards, had her jaw broken in two places Sept. 27. She has said that her jaw wasn’t broken and Dunn didn’t hit her. Edwards wants charges dropped and Dunn reinstated.

The Baylor University Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee heard evidence Wednesday and found Dunn “not guilty of assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw being broken,” Deivanayagam said in a statement, quoting from a letter he said he received from the panel.

Deivanayagam said he was not allowed to attend the hearing and Baylor has declined comment on the case.

The ruling improves Dunn’s chances of returning to the team because he remains enrolled in school while the criminal case proceeds.

“Obviously, we are pleased with their decision,” Deivanayagam said. “We are also grateful for the opportunity Baylor University provided Mr. Dunn to defend himself of the charge.”

Dunn plans to graduate in May, Deivanayagam said.

Baylor police said Thursday they have submitted Dunn’s case to the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office, which didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Dunn was arrested Oct. 5, the same day Baylor announced that he was suspended. The 21-year-old Edwards, who is the mother of Dunn’s 3-year-old son, last week said Dunn “has never struck me during our long-term relationship.”

Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick while averaging 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds last season when Baylor set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He decided to return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft.

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