Police move forward in rape and assault investigations

UNA police completed the investigation involving an alleged rape of a student on campus and will present the case to a grand jury in mid-December or January, said UNA Police Chief Kevin Gillilan in an email.

The investigation involved freshman Tyre Pickett, who is facing first-degree rape charges for an incident that occurred in Rivers Hall in October. The police arrested Pickett after the incident, but the Lauderdale County district attorney recalled the rape charges.

The university banned and suspended Pickett from campus until the Office of Student Conduct completed their investigation. The university has now lifted the ban and suspension on Pickett since the investigation is finished.

A separate but related investigation, involving the assault of Pickett in the parking deck during the same night, is still ongoing.

So far, the police has identified three students who assaulted Pickett and are working to identify another, Gillilan said.

The grand jury will determine whether or not the students involved will receive any criminal charges once the investigation is complete, Gillilan said. Until then, no additional information will be available regarding the assault case.

“The Grand Jury will determine whether the cases will go to trial,” he said. “Regardless of the outcome of the criminal process, each actor has been referred to (the) Student Conduct (Office) for violation of University Conduct policies.”

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