A 20-year-old man indicted in October 2017 on a felony assault charge in Galveston County asked for a court date to be reset, in part so he could play in a New Year’s Day college football game.
Deionte Thompson, 20, of Orange, was scheduled to appear in Galveston County’s 122nd District Court on Dec. 21, 2017. The hearing was moved at the request of his attorneys, who asked the court to allow Thompson to “wrap up his obligations for the university.”
Thompson is a safety on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, and was scheduled to start during Monday’s college football playoff semifinal game against Clemson.
In a motion, Thompson’s lawyer cited his final exam schedule, and his participation in the Sugar Bowl as a reason for moving the hearing.
“This motion is not made for purposes of delay but that justice may be done,” wrote Sean C. Villery-Samuel.
Thompson was one of four people indicted in October 2017 over an alleged assault on Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula in March 2017.
Noah Frillou, 19, of Orangefield, was 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.
Thompson and three other men were identified by cellphone videos and witness statements, authorities have said. Thompson has denied he was involved in the assault.
The hearing was reset to Feb. 2.