Hornsby indicted on assault charge

Updated: July 31, 2009, 5:14 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

Mississippi coach Houston Nutt has released troubled signee Jamar Hornsby from his scholarship and said Friday that Hornsby would not be a part of the Rebels' football team.

"We wish him nothing but the best in the future," Nutt said in a statement.

Hornsby was indicted Friday on a felony assault charge stemming from a March 1 incident in Starkville, Miss., where he was accused of hitting a man with brass knuckles in a McDonald's drive-through.

The indictment, however, does not mention that weapon, and Hornsby has denied using them, according to his attorney.

Hornsby's next court date was set for Nov. 2.

Nutt had said he would wait on the legal process to play out before making any kind of decision on Hornsby. But the felony indictment pretty well sealed Hornsby's fate.

The Rebels were hopeful he would be able to go in and be an immediate contributor at safety after playing last season at East Mississippi Community College.

Hornsby, 22, was already on probation in Florida after reaching a plea agreement in a May 2007 felony credit card fraud case that was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Following his arrest, he was kicked off the Florida team prior to the 2007 season. He wound up pleading no contest to four misdemeanor counts of fraudulent credit card use after he spent nearly $3,000 on a gas card that belonged to the deceased girlfriend of Florida cornerback Joe Haden. She was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Nutt gave Hornsby a second chance by signing him in February out of junior college, but Hornsby was back in trouble less than a month later, when he was arrested in Starkville.

As recently as May at the SEC spring meetings, Nutt said he was hopeful that Hornsby still could be a part of the Rebels program, but conceded that the legal proceedings might end up making the decision for him.

Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com.

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