A Champaign County judge determined Thursday there was enough evidence to proceed in the case against Chris Jones, an incoming Illinois freshman defensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla., who was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

URBANA - A Champaign County judge determined Thursday there was enough evidence to proceed in the case against Chris Jones, an incoming Illinois freshman defensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla., who was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

According to Champaign police, homosexual slurs came from a car, and Jones later exited the car and battered two male victims on July 3 outside Kam's, a campus nightclub. Jones pleaded not guilty to the felony charges that carry a maximum to two to five years in prison. He could also receive probation.

Jones was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 30.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Jones wasn't charged with a hate crime. Aggravated battery carries a longer possible sentence, said assistant state's attorney Adam Dill.

Jones, 20, remained in Champaign County jail with bail set at $100,000. Public defender Randy Rosenbaum a requested a reduction in bail, but the state's attorney's office didn't immediately consider the motion.

Jones was expected to make immediate impact with the Illini, who are thin at defensive tackle. Jones, who also pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in July 2010, was suspended indefinitely after his arrest, pending the outcome of his case.

Preseason practice starts Aug. 4.

Negotiations are expected to continue.

"If we need to try it, I would be more than happy to try it,'' Dill said. "There's good evidence in the case. If it's something that could be worked out to a reasonable resolution, we would proceed that way.

"Any time someone is punched on the street without provocation, we don't want that to happen in Champaign County.''

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