COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri junior defensive end Nate Howard's court case is scheduled for an Aug. 9 review following his not guilty plea last week on the Class D felony charge of possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
The charge stems from Howard’s June 14 arrest. Police say they found illegal mushrooms in the trunk of Howard’s car as part of a search following a traffic stop.
Howard was due in court for arraignment last Wednesday, but he missed the court appearance because he was confused about what day he was scheduled to appear, according to a court document. Howard’s citations indicated a court date of July 31, and his bond paperwork listed the correct date of last Wednesday, according to a motion filed by his attorney, Christopher Slusher.
On Thursday, Slusher filed a waiver of arraignment and entered a not guilty plea on Howard’s behalf.
Howard remains indefinitely suspended from the team.
University policy states that any athlete facing felony charges will remain suspended until a judgment is reached in the case. If the athlete pleads guilty to the felony charge or is convicted of the felony, the athlete is permanently barred from competing in athletics for any school in the University of Missouri system.
A knee injury kept Howard off the field at the beginning of last season. He appeared in four games and made three tackles. As a freshman in 2015, he played in 11 games and made 12 tackles.
Howard was slated to be one of the team’s top defensive ends entering preseason camp, which begins Aug. 1.