By JOEL COLEMAN
Former Mississippi State wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson will not be prosecuted by the city of Starkville following a weekend arrest in the Cotton District according to court documents obtained by the Starkville Daily News on Friday. Municipal judge Rodney Faver agreed to an order of nolle prosequi on Thursday, meaning that city prosecutor Caroline Moore won’t proceed against Wilson, the same day a similar order ended proceedings against current Mississippi State defensive lineman Nick James.
Both orders were signed by Moore and Starkville Police Department Chief Frank Nichols.
The reason for the non-prosecution orders wasn’t immediately known.
Wilson, who played for the Bulldogs from 2013-2015 before declaring for and going undrafted in the 2016 National Football League Draft, was arrested on Maxwell Street on Sunday and charged with possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, obstructing justice by tampering with physical evidence and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance.
According to court documentation, Wilson was found on Sunday with a bag of marijuana while in the back seat of the truck he was a passenger in. After being taken to the Oktibbeha County Jail, Wilson allegedly then tried to destroy a Xanax pill by swallowing it, but it fell to the floor.
Court documents did not tie together the arrests of Wilson and James. However, both arrests occurred on the same day, on the same street, and in both situations, the complaints were filed by Starkville Police Department officer Drew Jones.
In James’ case, he was charged with driving under the influence and disturbing the peace with the playing of loud music before Thursday’s non-prosecution order cleared those charges.
James’ citation did not reveal whether or not he was given any type of test to determine intoxication. Jones stated in his complaint that the disturbing the peace charge came from hearing music playing loudly from James’ white GMC Sierra truck. Jones declared he could hear the music as James’ vehicle approached him from behind to the point it shook Jones’ rearview mirror.
Despite the court’s decision on the charges, it is unclear if James will be allowed to play in Saturday’s Mississippi State football season opener against South Alabama.
MSU released a statement on James’ arrest on Sunday afternoon stating that “(Head coach Dan Mullen) is aware of an incident involving Nick James that occurred (early Sunday) and he is currently getting more information on it.”
When asked about James’ availability for Saturday’s game at his weekly press conference on Monday, Mullen referred to his policy for announcing suspensions.
“Any suspensions, we’ll announce it before the game,” Mullen said.
James is expected to be a key member of MSU’s defensive front this season. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Long Beach native saw 10 starts at defensive tackle last season and played in all 13 games.
In his career, James has played in 34 total games and recorded 43 tackles, three tackles for loss and forced one fumble.
As for Wilson, he remains an undrafted free agent able to sign with any NFL franchise.