USU football player Jaylan Brown appears in court on electronics thefts

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing for one of the Utah State football players suspected of being involved in two burglaries is on hold, while the suspect decides whether he wants prosecutors to present their evidence in the case.

Court records show 19-year-old Jaylan Brown was in court Tuesday morning. He and his attorney Earl Xaiz asked a judge for more time to determine if they want the preliminary hearing to be held.

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.

Dayshawn Littleton, Kevin Meiztenheimer and Ja’Marcus Ingram were arrested later, accused of trying to hit the witnesses with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. The three 19-year-olds were allegedly trying to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown.

On July 10, Murray was sentenced to 12-days in jail after pleading guilty in May to an amended charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. Judge Thomas Willmore also ordered him to pay $272 to the victim and have no contact with Brown.

In June, Meiztenheimer accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, both class A misdemeanors. Under the plea and abeyance, he agreed to pay a $750 fine and write letters of apology to the victims, while on probation.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Littleton on August 14. Ingram will appear August 22, when he’ll also decide whether to have a preliminary hearing held or not.

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