Jackson sisters are arraigned in Athens
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
May 20, 2010 | 8534 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A June 24 court date has been set for two sisters who are former college basketball players. Both were charged in Athens Tuesday with alleged aggravated assault.

Brittany E. Jackson, 26, and Lindsey N. Jackson, 23, were arrested and charged by Athens Police Department officer Beth Blake, according to her report.

Brittany Jackson is a former University of Tennessee basketball player and Lindsey Jackson is a former Tennessee Wesleyan basketball player. Both are graduates of Bradley Central High School.

The sisters appeared for arraignment in McMinn County General Sessions Court today.

According to Cleveland attorney Jim Logan, who represents the two sisters, Judge James Watson dismissed the aggravated assault charges, but retained charges of simple assault (a misdemeanor). Logan said the judge also lowered the Jackson’ bond from $20,000 to $1,000.

“Brittany and Lindsey are appreciative of calls of support,” added Logan. “We will begin talking to witnesses and will respond with a plea of not guilty.”

Blake’s report alleges the Jacksons arrived at Keith Hall on the campus of Tennessee Wesleyan College as Kyle Shipley and Christa Cardin had walked out of the hall and down the street.

“They saw Ms. Lindsey Nicole Jackson drive up and stop,” said Blake in her report.

The report confirmed that Lindsey Jackson was Shipley’s former girlfriend and “mother of his child.”

Cardin reportedly told the officer Lindsey Jackson “jumped out of the car, ran up to her yelling and started punching her in the face and chest.”

Shipley reportedly pulled Lindsey Jackson off Cardin and “another female, identified by Shipley as being Brittany Elizabeth Jackson, pushed her (Cardin) to the ground and punched her in the face at least two times.”

The report indicated TWC security officers arrived and broke up the alleged fight. A security officer reportedly told the Jacksons to “go back to their car and wait while he called the police” and the suspects then got in the car and left.

According to the report, Cardin was treated at Athens Regional Medical Center for head trauma and a concussion.

Brittany and Lindsey Jackson were arrested a short time later after APD performed a traffic stop. A third person inside the vehicle was not charged but did confirm she was in the vehicle when the alleged assault occurred on the campus at TWC.

APD Patrol Captain Rob Davis confirmed Lindsey and Brittany Jackson had posted a $20,000 bond and were freed, pending today’s arraignment in McMinn General Sessions Court.