Jackson, Lewis

Former Eisenhower High School basketball star Lewis Jackson was arrested Saturday after police said they found more than 70 grams of heroin in his vehicle. Read more.

DECATUR – A former Decatur high school basketball star is pleading not guilty to possession of more than 70 grams of heroin with intent to sell.

The case against Lewis Jackson, 27, came up in Macon County Circuit Court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing. Jackson, free on bond, was represented by his Springfield attorney, Mark Kevin Wykoff Sr.

He told Judge Thomas E. Griffith that he needed more time to prepare and there might be “more discovery” (evidence and information related to the case) that the defense needs to look at.

Griffith granted a motion from Wykoff to set another pretrial hearing for Dec. 18.

The charges against Jackson, which also allege he was in possession of two Xanax sedative pills and 8.4 grams of cannabis, result from a traffic stop June 17 on Interstate 72 near Decatur. A Macon County Sheriff's Office drug dog, Chance, had alerted to the presence of drugs in a bookbag, according to authorities. A sworn affidavit quoted Jackson as saying he had been “directed to take the book bag” from Chicago to Decatur.

Jackson had been a star player at Eisenhower High School and was a two-time Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008. He led the school to three straight regional titles and the school's first sectional title in 31 years. He was a four-year starter at Purdue University as point guard but went undrafted.

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