UFC Lightweight Jeremy Stephens is facing serious criminal charges in his homestate of Iowa. Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis, MN just hours before he was scheduled to fight Yves Edwards at UFC On FX 5. He had an outstanding an outstanding warrant stemming from an incident in the fall of 2011. He was transferred to Iowa authorities and held for almost 2 weeks before being released on a $20,000 bond.
Fight Opinion has picked up more details on how Stephens' legal situation will proceed from here. Stephens will be facing 3 criminal charges - willful injury causing serious injury (Class C felony), burglary in the first degree (Class B felony), and assault causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor).
Stephens is scheduled for a pretrial conference is scheduled for December 13 and a jury trial set for January 9, 2013. Requests have already been submitted for local and national coverage if the case goes to a jury trial.
Jeremy Stephens is currently scheduled to face Yves Edwards at UFC On Fox 5. The fight will take place on December 8 only 5 days before his pretrial conference.