UPDATE: The Douglas County District Attorney issues a summons for KU basketball player Josh Jackson to appear in court for criminal damage to property less than $1,000.
The district attorney's office says the charge stems from a December incident when a woman told Lawrence Police Jackson kicked the driver's side door and a rear taillight on her car during an argument. The district attorney's office says witnesses told police other people also caused damage to the car, but witnesses were unable to identify them.
The damage to the door and taillight is estimated to be $1,127.45, with the total damage to the car estimated at $3,150.45. Jackson faces the criminal damage to property less than $1,000 charge -- a misdemeanor -- instead of the felony criminal damage charge, because the State cannot prove that all the damage to the door and taillight was caused by Jackson.
According to the Kansas City Star, two members of the University of Kansas basketball team are noted as persons of interest in a police investigation involving vandalism of a car in December.
The players mentioned are Josh Jackson and Lagerald Vick. Investigators have recently interviewed several people who witnessed the reported crime, which occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside a bar. A police report categorizes the $2,991 in damage to the car as a felony.
Statement from Kansas coach Bill Self regarding misdemeanor charge involving Josh Jackson from KU Athletics:
Bill Self – “I know Josh has regrets for his actions in this incident. He and I both know he could have exercised better judgment for this avoidable situation, but I’m pleased with how he’s accepted responsibility. This does not take away from the fact that he has been a great ambassador for this university. He will learn from this incident and be better for it. We applied the appropriate in-house discipline immediately after; that discipline will remain in house.”