NAU football player charged in Minnesota assault

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Jabari Javon Marshall By Jennifer Thomas Jabari Javon Marshall By Jennifer Thomas

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota prosecutor has charged an Arizona college football player in a baseball bat attack on a high school basketball player.
 
The Carver County Attorney's office charged 19-year-old Jabari Javon Marshall of Flagstaff, Arizona, with second- and third-degree assault.
 
Marshall is accused of attacking 18-year-old Oliver Smith, a basketball player at Waconia High School.
 
According to the complaint, a 17-year-old girl had asked Smith to meet her in a church parking lot on Oct. 12. As Smith was getting into the girl's car, he was hit in the head and knee with a souvenir baseball bat by a man who then fled.
 
Defense attorney Lynne Torgerson says Marshall will plead not guilty.
 
Marshall, a redshirt freshman, is suspended from the Northern Arizona University football team until an investigation is complete.