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UM lineman Jahair Jones might be charged again as ‘glitch’ fixed

Trevor Darling, left, and Jahair Jones were arrested in Miami Beach on Wednesday night for “resisting officer without violence,’’ according to the arrest affidavits.
Trevor Darling, left, and Jahair Jones were arrested in Miami Beach on Wednesday night for “resisting officer without violence,’’ according to the arrest affidavits. Miami-Dade Police

The case involving University of Miami football players Jahair Jones and Trevor Darling might not be over.

A “technical glitch’’ in the way the police officer wrote the arrest affidavit for Jones caused the “resisting officer without violence” charge to be dropped Thursday, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesperson Terry Chavez said by phone to The Miami Herald on Friday afternoon. However, Chavez said, “the police officer came in to the State Attorney’s Office, and we had him correct the defect in the form.”

So, now, Chavez said, “we are reviewing his statement to determine if we will be filing charges.

“It’s something that sometimes happens.”

Darling’s arrest affidavit was written correctly, Chavez said, and his charge — also “resisting officer without violence’’ — still stands.

Jones, 19, and Darling, 20, were arrested Wednesday night in Miami Beach, according to the separate affidavits, for being in the middle of the roadway and “impeding traffic,” then ignoring the two police officers’ repeated orders to remove themselves from the roadway.

The officer who wrote Jones’ arrest affidavit described the situation in terms of “the defendant and co-defendant” or “the defendants,” instead of writing it in singular terms, because that affidavit just pertains to Jones.

“This is a common occurrence, and the defect is usually remedied by conducting a pre-file conference with the arresting officer,” Chavez wrote in an email to The Herald. “The officer has since appeared for a pre-file conference, and we are reviewing his statement to determine if we will be filing charges.

“The defect did not exist in Mr. Darling’s A-form, and as such, those charges will stand.”

It will take probably about two weeks to determine if the misdemeanor charges will be filed for Jones.

Darling still does not have a court date for his case. It was originally believed Darling’s case would also be dropped, but now that remains to be seen.

Spring football practice begins Tuesday at UM, and the players’ statuses for practice have not yet been revealed. Both are offensive linemen, with Darling the starting left tackle in every game last season.

Susan Miller Degnan: 305-376-3366, @smillerdegnan

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