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Shelby Wilkerson

A sixth player from the California University of Pennsylvania football team has been charged in an assault Thursday near the Washington County campus.

Shelby Wilkerson, 20, of Harrisburg turned himself in to campus police Saturday morning.

California Borough police charged him with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy.

WPXI-TV reported that police identified Wilkerson as a participant in a beating that left Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester with a severe brain injury.

Campbell remained in critical condition Saturday night in Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, spokesman Dan Laurent said.

Wilkerson, who is listed as a linebacker on the team roster, has been suspended from the team and the university, Cal U spokeswoman Christine Kindl said.

Wilkerson is being held in the Washington County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 before District Judge Jay Weller, according to online documents. No attorney is listed for Wilkerson.

A telephone message left at the borough police department was not returned.

Interim university President Geraldine Jones issued a statement about Wilkerson’s arrest on the university website Saturday:

“While this is certainly disheartening news, it speaks to the diligence of our California Borough and California University police, who are working together to conduct a thorough investigation.

“Everyone involved in this incident should be held accountable for their actions.”

Police say the beating occurred outside Spuds Restaurant on Wood Street about 2 a.m. Thursday. That afternoon, five university football players accused in the incident were arrested at football practice at Adamson Stadium in California.

Jonathan Barlow, 21, of Pittsburgh; D’Andre Dunkley, 19, of Philadelphia; Corey Ford, 22, of Harrisburg; Rodney Gillin Jr., 20, of Reading; and James Williamson, 20, of Parkville, Md., have been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and criminal conspiracy. Each is being held in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The five students have been suspended from the team and university.

Witnesses told police that Ford and the victim’s girlfriend began arguing about 2:07 a.m., which led to the beating.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or [email protected].

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