Single Assault Charge Filed After Stabbing Of Football Players In Peru

PERU – An assault charge has been filed  against former Peru State basketball player Jeffland Neverson involving one of three people injured Sept. 17 in what 911 callers described as a fight between Peru State football and basketball players.

Neverson, 24, is charged with assault on football player Elijah Lavalais-Hawkins. Court records say Hawkins, 20, suffered two stab wounds to his back. He was treated at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln.

Neverson is also charged with use of a knife to commit a felony and tampering with physical evidence.

An arrest affidavit says a witness told investigators he saw Neverson with a knife. The affidavit says Neverson admitted to investigators that he had a knife, but Neverson denied stabbing anyone. He told investigators where to find the knife he had been seen with.

A preliminary hearing on the charges has been scheduled in Nemaha  County Court on Nov. 8. Bond was set at 10 percent of $150,000.peru state neverson scene

The affidavit says another football player, Larry W. Hodnett, 24, was also injured in  the incident near 1017 Fifth St. Hodnett  suffered a stab wound on the right side that caused serious internal injuries.

Basketball player Anthony P. Hemingway, 23, sustained a cut to his right hand and was treated with four stitches at the Nemaha County Hospital.