Self defense. That was his story and Indiana Pacer forward Stephen Jackson stuck to it – until yesterday. Jackson originally told police he’d been struck in the face and hit by a car outside Club Rio, a stripping establishment, at 3 a.m. last weekend. That’s why he jumped onto the hood of another car and fired five shots into the air.
The cops believed him – until yesterday. Jackson admitted to authorities that he had not been punched in the face. He also confessed to have fired shots both before and after being struck by the car.
Bad boy! This morning, Jackson stood before a judge in Marion Superior Court and pled not guilty to charges of felony criminal recklessness and counts of battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
A police official said: “Firing the shots in the air at that point is criminal recklessness. Those bullets, once they come up, have to come down, and they come down at least 90 miles per hour, and they do absolutely have the ability to take someone’s life.”
Prosecutors said Jackson was charged with battery because he allegedly kicked a man while he was on the ground.
After the hearing Jackson, who was already on probation for his role in the 2004 Debacle in Detroit, was led away in handcuffs.
The felony count carries a potential term of six months to three years in prison.