7 WKU football players indicted by grand jury

Rebekah Alvey

A Warren County grand jury has indicted six WKU football and one past football players on charges from felony wanton endangerment to criminal trespassing following an incident at the WKU Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity house Mar. 5. 

A press release from the Attorney General’s office, whose Special Prosecution Unit has been handling the case, said the indicted players are Quinton A. Baker, 19, Xavier D. Lane, 20, Tyler Obee, 18 and Cecil C. Stallings, 20 were each charged with complicity to first degree wanton endangerment, fourth degree complicity to assault and third degree criminal trespass.

Andrew O’Bryan, 19, was charged with menacing and third degree criminal trespass. 

Jachour H. Pearson, 19 a Christopher R. Johnson, 21 were both charged with third degree criminal trespass.

A press release from WKU Athletics said Baker, Johnson, Lane, Obee, Pearson and Stallings have all been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending further developments. 

In the original report, witnesses told police men were seen in the alley around the back of the house and a fight broke out after residents of the house confronted them. 

WKU alumnus Jerald Armfield said he was contacted when the football players arrived and tried to prevent the fight. In the incident he was tackled into a fence, kicked and punched. 

“I’m glad to see justice is finally moving forward,” Armfield said. “It is nice to see WKU take this seriously.” 

Austin Bailey, President of the WKU Pike chapter, said the fraternity will continue to support WKU football and Coach Mike Sanford. 

The Office of the Attorney general announced they were selecting a special prosecutor to handle the case May 3, after Warren County Commonwealth Attorney Chris Cohron asked to be recused.

The incident received national attention from sites such as TMZ Sports and the Bleacher Report. 

Stallings was previously charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument Mar. 3. Stallings was caught with a fake ID card at Hilligan’s Bar.

The report said Stallings assaulted the security guard that detained the ID. The case was dismissed Mar. 24 after Stallings completed 50 hours of community service and paid court costs. 

Attorney Brian Lowder, who is representing Baker, Lane and Obee, said while no one condones the behavior of his clients, there is another side to the story.

Lowder said days before the incident at the Pike house, two members of the football team were assaulted by believed members of the fraternity and one member was called with racial slurs which provoked the incident at the Pike house. 

Lowder said the players encountered a WKU police officer after the attack but no action was taken. Lowder said there needs to be accountability all around. 

Shortly after the incident, Lowder said there were efforts to communicate and make amends between representatives of the fraternity and the football team however Armfield continued to seek accountability. 

“We don’t believe Armfield is a completely innocent bystander,” Lowder said. “He may or may not have instigated events.” 

The Bowling Green Police Department investigated the case. The arraignment has been set for July 5. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 Reporter Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected].