'Jena Six' Defendant Accused of Assault in Texas

DENTON, Texas (AP) - A "Jena Six" defendant has been released
on bail today after his arrest on an assault charge after a fight
with a fellow student at his new suburban Dallas high school.
Nineteen-year-old Bryant R. Purvis is now living in the Dallas
area. He was freed from the Denton County jail today after he was
charged with assault causing bodily injury.
The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail
and a fine of up to $4,000 fine.
Purvis' mother, Tina Jones, says her son got into an altercation
with another student at Hebron High School yesterday after he was
told the student had vandalized his car the night before.
Purvis was one six black Jena High School students initially
charged with attempted murder in a December 2006 assault on white
student Justin Barker at the school.
Soon after Purvis' arrest, Jones said she sent him to live with
his uncle, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, so he
could stay out of trouble and out of the limelight.
Information from: Staff/KRLD-AM, http://www.krld.com

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