DA formally charging LSU running back Hill in bar fight

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU running back Jeremy Hill and another man were formally charged in Baton Rouge on Monday with misdemeanor

simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot.

Hill and Robert Bayardo, who is not an LSU student, will be arraigned on Friday, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney

Hillar Moore said.

The matter has put Hill's 2013 season in doubt because LSU's leading rusher last season is already on probation stemming from

his January 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Hill's probationary status likely will not

be reviewed by the court for possible revocation until the charges have

been resolved,

Moore said. State District Judge Bonnie Jackson in Baton Rouge

already has placed more restrictive conditions on Hills' probation

since his April 27 arrest, including a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and a

ban from bars.

LSU coach Les Miles has suspended Hill pending the outcome of the case. On Monday, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said he

did not expect Miles or the university to have any further comment.

"We're letting the legal system run its course," Bonnette said.

Hill's attorney, Marci Blaize, would not comment on the case Monday, but said she may talk more about the case after Hill's

next appearance in court.

Police have said evidence includes a mobile

phone video which shows Hill throwing a punch to the side of the head of

the victim.

The video also shows Hill's target being knocked out seconds later

by Bayardo, who was initially booked with felony second-degree


Blaize has portrayed Hill as being provoked,

asserting that the video, which she has reviewed but which is not

public record

at this time, does not capture interaction between Hill and others

which led to the exchange of blows. Blaize also has said

Hill was heckled about several things, including his previous

arrest stemming from a sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old

girl at his high school, when Hill was 18.

Hill's plea in that matter resulted in a six-month suspended sentence and two years' probation, allowing him to enroll at

LSU and play football last season.

The 20-year-old rushed for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his freshman season. Hill got increased playing time after

season-opening starter Alfred Blue went out with a season-ending knee injury in LSU's third game.