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First student charged in SEMO beating case pleads not guilty, gets change of venue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Southeast Missouri State University student connected to the Dec. 13 beating of a fellow student pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary and third-degree assault charges Monday and received a change of venue before Circuit Judge William Syler.

Brett Jones, 18, of St. Clair, Mo., was arrested Jan. 25 on suspicion that he, along with four others charged in the assault, entered a home at 1325 Dunklin St. and caused serious injury to Blake Carlton, a junior at Southeast.

Jones' case will now be heard in New Madrid County.

Brett Jones
"I have no idea when the next available court date is; you'll have to check with the clerk down there," Syler told Gordon Glaus, Jones' attorney.

When he was arrested Jan. 25, Jones admitted he had entered the house and punched Carlton one time with his fist, according to a probable-cause affidavit. While being interviewed by investigators again Feb. 5, Jones said he, Derek Gohn, Jared Goodson, Antonio Garritano and Pili Showers -- the other Southeast students charged -- all went to and entered the Dunklin Street residence together.

Jones, Garritano, Gohn and Goodson are players on the Southeast football team and are being withheld from any athletic activities, according to the school's sports information director, Jeff Honza.

Carlton, 21, said he was sleeping when the men entered the residence and threw him onto a coffee table. He blacked out and suffered serious head injuries, including a black eye.

Gohn, Showers, Goodson and Garritano were charged in connection to the crime Feb. 9.

Garritano, 19, of Jackson is charged with third-degree assault and first-degree burglary. He requested a change of judge at his court appearance Feb. 11.

Showers, 21, of Cape Girardeau has a preliminary hearing Monday, and Gohn, 19 of Bridgeton, Mo., has his preliminary hearing March 9. Both are charged with first-degree burglary.

Goodson, 22, of Cape Girardeau also received a change of judge at a Feb. 11 hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp. He is charged with first-degree burglary.



Pertinent address:

1325 Dunklin St., Cape Girardeau, MO

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I'm tired of this story. What else ya got?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 6:47 PM

Agree with grandma....Not sure why this needs to be front page news, or why we need to keep beating on the kids..........oh....too soon on the beating jokes?

-- Posted by CMGCEO on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 8:04 PM

I find it interesting that these "kids" are still on the team at all. Way to go, SEMO Athletics!

-- Posted by southeast on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 7:30 AM

His parents must be soooo proud of him

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 7:59 AM

Awful, just awful, headline.

-- Posted by devin on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:08 AM

This kind of stuff was actually pretty common when I went to SEMO. The jocks and big frats were always crazy. I hope they at least look at the trouble they can get in before they go out and show how "manly" they are.

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:45 AM

Wow.. good move going to New Madrid county..... they aren't known for being a tough court or anything. Have fun in prison though....

-- Posted by martlet1 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:50 AM

Do any alleged criminals ever get tried in Cape County for crimes allegedly committed in Cape County?

-- Posted by Sierra6 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I don't see how beating up others is "manly". If you feel the need to take out your frustrations on someone try cage fighting. See how long you last FACING someone rather than ganging up and sneaking up on someone.

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:59 AM

Would be nice to see these SEMO football players hit better on the field then when someone is asleep. To win more games they should spike the other teams drink with some sleepy meds and work them over moving the pigskin down the field and maybe just maybe score some points on the board.

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 5:57 PM

What do you expect? Hasn't the SEMO sports leadership made it pretty clear that rules and other inconveniences are for others and not for SEMO. These kids are just practicing what they have been taught.

-- Posted by malan on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:26 PM

Everyday that I read a post by gman.... Is a happy day for me

-- Posted by elcodirksfan on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 7:30 PM

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