Football coach Theodore surrenders for assault | Mobile County Alabama News
BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama (WALA) – Theodore High School football coach and athletic director Wayne Eric Collier Sr. surrendered on Wednesday on an assault charge following an incident there has almost two weeks.
The Mobile County Public School System said on Wednesday it had placed Collier on administrative leave.
Three people who clashed earlier with one of Collier’s relatives on Dauphin Island on the same day, May 8, accuse the football coach and three others of assaulting them upon their return by boat.
One of the accusers, Hunter Hinton, is accused in the Dauphin Island case. He went on the misdemeanor charge in that case, according to his attorney, Jeff Deen.
As for Collier, his lawyer reiterated to FOX10 News that the trainer hasn’t done anything wrong.
“I don’t want to plead the facts just yet, but I can assure you that he will be exonerated from any criminal liability for anything that happened there,” attorney Dennis Knizley said.
Collier’s brother Shawn Jerome Collier visited on Tuesday. It is not known what the status of the other two defendants is – Eric Collier’s son, Wayne Eric Collier Jr. and Hayden Aaron Collier. The Bayou La Batre Police Department did not immediately return a call for information on the case.
Deen, meanwhile, argued that the bad blood started because a “drunk and belligerent” relative of the Collars who was on Dauphin Island got angry about something that had happened involving Hinton. in the West End of the island.
This man “was fighting with people,” Deen said. “He didn’t like what happened to him. So he whimpered and complained on the way back to Bayou La Batre on his cell phone.
This person is the one who accused Hinton of assault. He has a July trial date. Deen said he was unaware of the specific injuries his client was accused of causing. But he added: “What happened in Bayou La Batre is much larger than anything that happened in Dauphin Island.”
All charges are misdemeanors, carrying a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Updated at 12:47 p.m. to include Collier has been put on administrative leave.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Eric Collier Sr. was on Dauphin Island.
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