Michigan State linebackers Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes have been suspended indefinitely following their arrests last month stemming from an incident at a fraternity house.
An MSU spokesman confirmed their suspensions Monday.
Fulton, 20, was charged with aggravated assault in an incident Sept. 8 in East Lansing, Michigan, and posted $1,000 personal bond. The Spartans were in strength and conditioning training at that point after the Big Ten had postponed the season.
There was no recent online court record for Willekes, 21, from Sept. 8. However, Steve Gonzales, deputy chief of the East Lansing Police Department, confirmed that Willekes was arrested, but his record is in a non-public status with 54B District Court.
The two have not been participating in practice with the Spartans since it resumed Sept. 16.
“Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes were suspended from all team activities immediately, and remain suspended from the program indefinitely,” an MSU spokesman said in a statement.
East Lansing Police arrest logs showed one report of “Aggravated/Felonious Assault — Non-Family — Strong Arm” on that date involving two suspects, which included forced entry into the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Gonzales confirmed that was the location of the incident involving Fulton and Willekes.
The Free Press has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the police report.
Fulton, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound redshirt freshman from Youngstown, Ohio, pleaded not guilty in 54B District Court on Sept. 30, and the action was removed from the calendar on Oct. 13. He is not permitted to travel out of state or have any direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim, according to online court files.
Fulton’s attorney, Mike Nichols, said charges were reduced to assault and battery, and he is hopeful that Fulton will be granted Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status. In Michigan, offenders younger than 24 who have pleaded to some criminal offenses can have their court records closed to public view under HYTA. Under the law, such records keep nonpublic status unless the trainee commits another offense.
Sentencing for Fulton has been scheduled for Oct. 28, according to court documents. He did not play last season but was MSU’s scout team special teams player of the week for the Rutgers game in late November.
Willekes, a 6-1, 225-pound walk-on redshirt freshman, is the brother of former MSU All-American Kenny Willekes. He played in one game last season on special teams against Michigan and was the scout team special teams player of the week from MSU’s 2019 season opener against Tulsa.
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