Associated Students President Cervin Morris’s arraignment is scheduled for today, where he will face charges stemming from his Nov. 12 arrest for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a beer bottle and punching another man in the face.
Morris appeared in court Dec. 14 for arraignment, but a formal arraignment was postponed until today so he could obtain legal counsel, Senior Deputy District Attorney Hilary Dozer said. The district attorney’s office is charging Morris with a felony assault with a deadly weapon, enhanced by the infliction of great bodily injury, and a battery misdemeanor.
Morris confirmed he does now have an attorney, but refused further comment.
Dozer said he expects Morris will plead not guilty and the case will proceed to a different court for a preliminary hearing setting in the next couple weeks.
“My expectations are that he will plead not guilty and deny the special allegation which states that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” Dozer said.
Dozer said there is a possibility that if Morris’ lawyer wishes to talk, the district attorney’s office would be willing to discuss the pros and cons and the case could be settled before it goes to court.