Spartans’ Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes suspended indefinitely

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Michigan State Spartans football players Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes have been suspended indefinitely by first-year head coach Mel Tucker. Both men were arrested following an incident in September at a fraternity house.

Fulton has been charged with aggravated assault from the Sept. 8th incident in East Lansing, Michigan. He has posted a $1,000 bond.

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Handcuffs (Photo by Unsplash/Bill Oxford)

There were no online court records for Willekes. But East Lansing Deputy Chief Steve Gonzales admitted that Willekes was indeed arrested.

Gonzales said that Willekes record has a non-public status with 54B District Court.

Both players have not practiced with the team since their teammates resumed practice on Sept. 16th. The Spartans will start their season this weekend.

“Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes were suspended from all team activities immediately,” MSU spokesman said in a statement. “[They] remain suspended from the program immediately.”

USA Today Sports is reporting that there is a police log from the East Lansing Police Department that shows a “Aggravated/Felonious Assault-Non-Family-Strong-Arm” on Sept. 8th. The report also claims that there was a forced entry into the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

This was the location, according to Gonzales, where Fulton and Willekes were arrested.

Fulton pled not guilty on Sept. 30 in 54B District Court. However, on Oct. 13th, the action was removed from the calendar.

At this time, Fulton is now allowed to travel out of the state. In addition, he is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim.

Mike Nichols – Fulton’s attorney – said that Fulton’s charges have been dropped to assault and battery. He is hopeful that the redshirt freshman will be granted into the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

This allows those, who are 24 and under, who have pled to some criminal offenses, to have their records closed to public view under HYTA. The records would remain as a nonpublic status unless the individual commits another crime.

Fulton is facing sentencing on Oct. 28th. There is no other information on Willekes’ matter.

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