Lawyer expects Theodore’s football coach Eric Collier to be ‘fully exonerated’ and on the pitch in 2021
Eric Collier’s lawyer expects his client to be back in the field in 2021.
“Yes. 100 percent,” Dennis Knizley said when asked if he thinks Collier will be able to coach next fall.
Collier, Theodore’s head football coach and athletic director, was charged with third degree tort assault earlier this week after an incident on May 8 involving several people in Bayou La Batre. He was put on administrative leave Wednesday by the Mobile County public school system.
“I believe Coach Collier will be fully exempt from any criminal liability for the events that took place at the Bayou La Batre boat launch,” Knizley told AL.com on Friday morning. “He was by no means the aggressor and the other people who were there came to fight – the people on the other boats.”
Collier – along with Wayne Eric Collier Jr., Shawn Jerome Collier and Hayden Aaron Collier – were listed as the “main attackers” in an incident on the west beach of Dauphin Island, according to a report released by the Bayou. Batre Police.
The police report describes the incident this way:
An incident occurred on the beach at the western end of Dauphin Island. Following this incident, several messages containing threats of violence were sent to several people still on the island.
Over the next two hours, several more messages were sent by an individual indicating that he expected the group to return to the docks in the town of Bayou La Batre where he and others were waiting. This individual even sent photos of the victim’s vehicles and the dock area to make sure he was actually waiting.
At around 6:50 p.m., the group began to park in the quayside area of the town of Bayou La Batre. The ship occupied by the victims was then attacked by several assailants before the ship even reached land. Several victims were dragged out of the ship, assaulted with hands and feet and even held underwater, causing the victims to fear for their lives. The injuries inflicted on the multiple victims ranged from bruises on the head, face and body to fractured bones of the face. One victim received 10 stitches as a result of this premeditated attack.
That’s not how Knizley sees it.
“Only one of these boats left Bayou La Batre,” he said. “The other boat, the individual charged with assaulting Coach Collier’s son on Dauphin Island (Hunter Hinton) – this individual departed from Billygoat Hole (a boat dock on Dauphin Island) and had no purpose to come to Bayou La Batre except for in a conflict. “
Hinton’s attorney, Jeff Deen, told Fox 10 in Mobile this week that Hinton surrendered on his tort charge.
Knizley said he contacted Alabama Marine Resources on Thursday after discovering there was a camera on Dauphin Island.
“I made an official request to the Department of Natural Resources for a copy of it,” he said. “They responded this morning and sent me a consent form, which I returned to them and I will have the full video that was shown on TV last night, and we can see what it shows.”
Knizley said he couldn’t say much about the music video he saw on a local TV station, but he hopes his customers can help identify who’s who and who’s doing what when he’s got the copy. real.
The initial trial date is set for July 20 in Bayou La Batre, although Knizley has said there may be changes.
“With the number of defendants in this case and the attention it has garnered, I wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t given a special setting to deal with at a time other than the regular role,” he said. declared.
Collier is 48-38 years old in eight years as Theodore’s head coach. The Bobcats have reached the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, winning Class 7A, Region 1 twice.
He led the team during spring training earlier this month.
He did not respond to requests for comment. Theodore principal Chip Menton referred all requests to the Mobile County Public Schools Office.