Four men have been indicted in a March assault that left an 18-year-old severely injured on Crystal Beach.
Deionte Thompson, 20, Morris Joseph Jr., 19, Rufus Joseph, 19, and Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, have all been charged with second-degree felony assault.
The indictments were handed up by a Galveston County grand jury last week. They had been arrested in April.
The charges stem from a March 18 incident on Crystal Beach during which 18-year-old man was beaten and suffered severe facial injuries.
Noah Frillou, of Orangefield, an unincorporated area in Orange County, was trying to escape a fight when he was attacked, according to claims made by his family on Facebook and to multiple news organizations. His family said he was “sucker punched” and kicked by a group of men he did not know. Witnesses told police the attack was preceded by someone using a racial slur.
The men were identified by cellphone videos and witness statements.
Morris Joseph, Rufus Joseph and Thompson are all former players on the West Orange-Stark High School football team.
Thompson is now a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He is a redshirt player this year. His lawyer has denied he was involved in the attack. Alabama coach Nick Saban released a statement saying the school was following the progress of the case, and was withholding judgments until the legal process was over.
The aggravated assault charges are second-degree felonies. If found guilty, the men face between two and 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.