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.
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.