LaceDarius Dunn allowed to practice
DALLAS -- Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn will be allowed to practice but remains suspended indefinitely from games while facing allegations that he broke his girlfriend's jaw in a domestic dispute, coach Scott Drew said Thursday.
Baylor begins practice Friday. A Baylor disciplinary panel earlier this week allowed him to return to class.
Drew made the announcement in a statement released by the university, which said he would make no further comment.
The leading scorer from last year's team that reached the NCAA regional finals still faces a felony aggravated assault charge, his attorney said.
Police in Waco say Dunn's girlfriend, Lacharlesla Edwards, had her jaw broken in two places Sept. 27. She has said that her jaw wasn't broken and Dunn didn't hit her.
The Baylor University Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee heard evidence Wednesday and found Dunn "not guilty of assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw being broken," Dunn's attorney, Vikram Deivanayagam, said in a statement, quoting from a letter he said he received from the panel.
Deivanayagam said he was not allowed to attend the hearing and Baylor has declined comment on the case.
"Obviously, we are pleased with their decision," Deivanayagam said. "We are also grateful for the opportunity Baylor University provided Mr. Dunn to defend himself of the charge."
Dunn plans to graduate in May, Deivanayagam said.
Baylor police said Thursday they have submitted Dunn's case to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office, which didn't return a phone call seeking comment.
Dunn was arrested Oct. 5, the same day Baylor announced that he was suspended. The 21-year-old Edwards, who is the mother of Dunn's 3-year-old son, last week said Dunn "has never struck me during our long-term relationship."
Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick while averaging 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds last season when Baylor set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He decided to return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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