Last ex-Rutgers football player arrested ‘had nothing to do with’ attack, lawyer says
The final person charged in an alleged unprovoked attack that left a student with a broken jaw has turned himself in, his lawyer says.
Former Rutgers student and football player Daryl Stephenson had been considered "at large" since he and 9 other people were charged Sept. 3 in the attack or a series of violent home invasions. The alleged incidents occurred over the spring an involved several current and former players as well as other students, authorities have said.
"He's given us a version of events — his version is clearly that he had nothing to do with it or anything criminal," attorney Jonathan Petty told New Jersey 101.5 Wednesday afternoon.
Stephenson had been in Florida when charges were announced last week, Petty said. Tuesday, he retained William F. Fetky's law firm, for which Petty works, and made arrangements to turn himself in Wednesday morning.
Stephenson was "out in 15 minutes" on $25,000 bail without a 10 percent option, Petty said. He and the others implicated in the attack were charged with aggravated assault, riot, and conspiracy to commit a riot.
Petty said he wasn't sure exactly when his client became aware of charges against him. The firm asked that his surrender be made Wednesday, instead of late Tuesday, so that a full day's court schedule would be available, Petty said.
Petty declined to address the allegations against other former and current Rutgers players, or others alleged to be involved in the crimes. He said the firm has only recently gotten involved in the case and started its own investigation.
"We're looking forward to our day in court," he said.
Stephenson is the older brother of Delon Stephenson, 22, also accused the assault, and until a few days ago, a current member of the Rutgers football roster. The brothers are from Sayreville, where they'd played football in high school. All the accused players were dismissed from the Rutgers football program Saturday.
Other players charged in the assault were Ruhann Peele, 22, of Piscataway; Nadir Barnwell, 20, of Piscataway and Rahzonn Gross, 20, of Franklin Park.
Barnwell is the same player about whose grades coach Kyle Flood is alleged to have inquired, possibly in violation of NCAA and university rules.
Player Andre Boggs, 20, of Coatesville, is among five people charged in the home invasions, in which various people including current students were targeted for drugs and cash, officials say. The only person implicated in both is former Rutgers student Tejay Johnson, 23, of Egg Harbor.