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Dennard's trial for assault underway in Nebraska

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 12, 2013 12:09 PM

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The trial for Patriots' cornerback Alfonzo Dennard began in earnest today in Lincoln, Neb., with attorneys for both sides giving their opening statements this morning.

Not surprisingly, the statements gave conflicting accounts of what happened on the night of April 21, 2012 outside of a Lincoln bar, when Dennard allegedly hit both a police officer and another man.

Dennard's attorney, Terry Dougherty, said in court today that his client would admit to resisting arrest but did not assault anyone.

The incident happened just days before the NFL Draft. Considered a mid-round pick, Dennard fell to the seventh round, where the Patriots took him 224th overall.

Dennard is charged with third-degree assault on an officer, a Class 3A felony, resisting arrest, first offense, which is a Class I misdemeanor, and third-degree assault, which is also a Class I misdemeanor in Nebraska.

The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine; the misdemeanors carry maximum punishments of not more than one year and/or a $1,000 fine.

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