Marine who served in Iraq indicted in death of Rice player Bailey

Updated: August 22, 2008, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- A Marine who served in Iraq has been indicted on a murder charge after authorities say he stabbed a Rice Owls basketball player to death.

The Brazos County grand jury indicted 24-year-old Ronald Andrew Johnson Jr. in the April 2007 slaying of Jonathan Bailey and the wounding of Bailey's twin brother, Janson Bailey.

The 22-year-old twins were attacked during a fight outside a College Station bar. Johnson's attorney, Dan Cogdell, says his client is innocent, didn't start the fight and was merely defending himself.

Jonathan Bailey was a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred to Rice from Texas State and played one season with the Owls as a walk-on.

He averaged about four points and 10 minutes a game in 2006-07.

If convicted of murder, Johnson faces between five and 99 years in prison. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony and can bring two to 20 years in prison.


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