Eastern Kentucky University redshirt sophomore football player Michael Harris appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 where all charges from his Feb. 10 arrest were dismissed except the felony charges of assault on a police officer, according to court records.
On Feb. 20, the charges of three counts of assault on a police officer (felony) were sent to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. According to the court records, these charges were dismissed for direct indictment.
As of publication, he had not been indicted, according to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. An employee at the assignment office of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court told the Progress that Harris will be indicted on felony charges at a future date in Common Pleas Court. She also stated that it’s common in Ohio that any felonies filed would start in municipal court and then be moved to the common pleas court.
On Feb. 21, the charges of two counts of resisting arrest (misdemeanor), two counts of obstruction of official business (misdemeanor) and two counts of persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated (misdemeanor) were all dismissed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Harris is ordered to pay $191.
As of publication, Harris is still listed on the EKU football roster.
“I have no comment on this situation. It’s an ongoing situation, and Michael is still a student right now,” EKU football head coach Walt Wells said on the EPic Sports Podcast recorded Tuesday.
On Feb. 14, EKU athletics released a statement regarding the Feb. 10 arrest.
“Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is actively monitoring an incident involving one of our student-athletes, Mr. Michael Harris, that resulted in criminal charges against Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster. He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time. Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students. When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly. We will have no further comment at this time,” Kevin Britton, assistant athletics director for communications and branding, said in an emailed statement to the Progress.
As of Feb. 26, Harris is no longer on the Franklin County jail log, and the Franklin County Common Pleas Court could not find him in its jail log. Britton said that EKU athletics could not confirm whether or not Harris was out of jail and back on campus.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.