More details on what happened with Stewart and Hughes. Incident occurred at 3:07 AM on October 4th and involved a fraternity
Just got off the phone with Lt. Josh Mecimore, Chapel Hill PD Public Information Officer. Victims decided to press charges yesterday ...— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
... Stewart and Hughes were/are only alleged suspects. No other UNC football players listed on original incident report ...— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
Michael Hughes is not charged with assault w/a deadly weapon. Charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
Originally Carter reported Hughes had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. That was incorrect hence his lower bond than Stewart.
So there you have it. The two players in question were involved in some sort of altercation at a frat house and the alleged victims are pressing charges.
Via Andrew Carter on Twitter, Hughes has now been charged
Hughes' charge is assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Eyes bypassed the "awdw" abbreviation on his arrest report earlier.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
That is a misdemeanor charge and his bond was set at $1K. $1K less than the bond for Stewart, who was charged w/ misd assault and battery.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
Assault with a deadly weapon sounds worse than assault and batter. It also sounds like it would be worse than a misdemeanor. Still, Hughes bond was only $1000 while Stewart's was $2000.
Via the N&O's Andrew Carter, M.J. Stewart turned himself in tonight after being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
M.J. Stewart's arrest details have become public. Was charged with assault and battery. Turned himself in tonight. Was released on $2K bond.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
His arrest warrant was issued today. The alleged incident took place on Oct. 4. Due in court Oct. 22.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 16, 2015
No word on Mike Hughes but as Carter notes, it will likely be the same assuming he is charged at all.
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This is why you can't have nice things UNC football.
North Carolina sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart and freshman cornerback Mike Hughes have been suspended indefinitely from football team-related activities for a violation of team rules related to an incident that occurred Sunday, Oct. 4, in Chapel Hill. Neither Stewart nor Hughes will play in Saturday’s game vs. Wake Forest.
"We have been aware of this situation since the night of the altercation and have been working closely with the University and Chapel Hill Police to gather relevant information," said head coach Larry Fedora. "We hold our players to a high standard and M.J. and Mike will face the consequences for their involvement."
The bigger surprise here might be that that local media didn't report this first given the incident in question was 11 days ago. That and Larry Fedora's statement would seem to indicate no formal charges have been filed or arrests made hence there being no public records for anyone to find.
The immediate impact is UNC being without Stewart, who leads the Tar Heels with three interceptions and four pass break-ups. Hughes has been used primarily when UNC uses a nickel formation replacing Cayson Collins. UNC is presently ranked 8th nationally in yards per pass play allowed and 4th in passing yards per game allowed.
Wake Forest is 94th in yards per pass play and 39th in yards per game passing.