Thursday, May 31, 2012
William Campbell faces 2 charges
By Michael Rothstein
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan senior defensive tackle William Campbell was arraigned Thursday on one felony and one misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property.
The 6-foot-5, 322-pound Campbell was arrested after trying to slide across the hood of a vehicle on April 7 in Ann Arbor. On Thursday, he was charged with malicious destruction of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000.
Campbell was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property of more than $200 and less than $1,000. He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
The felony charge carries up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Coach Brady Hoke declined comment when asked about Campbell's arraignment but indicated that his status on the team had not changed.
The 20-year-old Campbell was also cited with a misdemeanor charge of a minor purchasing, consuming or possessing liquor on the 600 block of Church Street in Ann Arbor, ESPN's WolverineNation has learned. He pleaded not guilty to that charge in court on May 21 and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on July 23 in that matter.
The 600 block of Church Street is also where the alleged malicious destruction of property occurred, according to AnnArbor.com.
Donald Payne, Campbell's attorney, told the website that Campbell has "never been in trouble in his life."
A June 14 preliminary exam is scheduled.
Campbell has often been mentioned by Hoke and other players on the team as someone who has stepped into a leadership role this offseason despite inconsistent playing time his first three seasons. He is expected to be a starter on the Wolverines' defensive line this season, a group which is replacing three starters.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.