Two more USU football players appear in court on electronics theft

LOGAN — Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for two more Utah State football players accused of burglary and witness tampering charges. Dayshawn Littleton and Jaylan Brown appeared separately in 1st District Court Monday.

Littleton stood before Judge Thomas Willmore as he was told that prosecutors were charging him with two counts of tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony, and obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor. The 19-year-old was assigned a public defender after telling the court he was unemployed. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 14, when Judge Willmore will determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to bind Littleton over for trial.

Brown later appeared before Judge Kevin Allen. The 19-year-old is charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony, and theft, a class A misdemeanor. His attorney also asked for a preliminary hearing for July 18.

Police arrested Brown and 19-year-old Troy Murray in April, after several video game consoles and games were stolen from a Logan apartment complex in December. The equipment was later traced to a pawn shop in Salt Lake City, where the two men had sold the items for cash.

Littleton and 19-year-old Kevin Meiztenheimer were arrested later, accused of trying to hit the witness with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. The two were allegedly trying to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown. Officers found an assault rifle in the car.

Court records show in May, Murray pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10.

Meiztenheimer has already made his first appearance in court. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 12.

Three of the four suspects are redshirt freshmen. Meiztenheimer and Murray are linebackers and Brown is a cornerback.

Littleton had committed to the Aggies in May 2016, but doesn’t appear on the roster. While in court Monday, he told Judge Willmore that he is transferring schools.

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