Trial looms in last case of alleged hazing

Clarke

BY JOURNAL STAFF

BLACKFOOT — The last of five hazing cases left to be adjudicated against former Blackfoot High School athletes will soon go to trial.
Anthony Clarke is facing three misdemeanor counts of principal to false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of principal to battery for his alleged role in the hazing incidents that occurred during the 2009-2010 boys’ basketball season. His trial is set for Aug. 8.
A hearing to go over jury instructions in the case was set for Wednesday; however, it was canceled. Although he wasn’t sure of the exact reasons for the cancellation, Bingham County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith said the instructions had already been discussed at previous proceedings.
Smith would not comment Wednesday on whether or not he is planning to make any plea agreements with Clarke prior to the trial, as he did with the other athletes — Logan Chidester, Tyson Katseanes and Nathan Walker — who all pleaded guilty to their charges earlier this year. The fifth athlete, a minor, was acquitted in his case.