Michael Bennett’s attorney says DE will plead not guilty if case reaches trial

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Michael Bennett’s lawyer has a plan in place for his shopper.

Attorney Rusty Hardin on Friday stated the Eagles defensive finish will plead not guilty to his felony cost if the case goes to trial.

“The one two potential outcomes for this case is the DA’s workplace [saying] they do not have a case and dismissing, or a trial — one or the opposite,” Hardin advised ESPN. “If and every time they ask for a plea, it will be not guilty.”

Bennett was taken into custody March 26 in Houston after his first courtroom look since being indicted by the Harris County grand jury for allegedly injuring a lady after Tremendous Bowl fifty one. His bond was set at $10,000 and he was issued a no-contact order by Decide Robert Johnson within the 177th Legal Courtroom earlier than being taken away in handcuffs.

Hardin famous that no journey restrictions have been put in place in the course of the bond listening to, so Bennett is permitted to attend exercises with the staff in Philadelphia. Final week, Eagles vice chairman Howie Roseman stated he mentioned the matter with Bennett and guaranteed the veteran will not be launched till the authorized matter is settled since he “is harmless till confirmed guilty.”

In response to the grand jury indictment, Bennett allegedly tried to drive his means onto the sector after the Patriots’ championship win over the Falcons in February 2017 and shoved a sixty six-yr-previous paraplegic lady working at NRG Stadium controlling entry to the sector. Bennett was a spectator watching his brother Martellus play for New England.

Nonetheless, Hardin insists he has witnesses who can affirm that Bennett was not concerned within the incident.

“I simply do not assume he did it,” Hardin stated. “He definitely did not do something deliberately, or negligibly or recklessly push or harm her. Now, did one thing else occur to her from anyone else? I simply do not know.

“I feel the larger challenge is there have been a bunch of individuals going via that door, anyplace from 20 to 35 individuals dashing to go down on the sector to see their family members and rejoice with them. He and his household have been with a gaggle of different Patriot relations, and when the sport was over, these totally different households all went to the ground.

“I simply know that this man would by no means deliberately or knowingly push her or do something to anyone in a wheelchair. That simply did not occur.”

Bennett surrendered to authorities after prosecutors introduced March 23 that he faces a single felony cost of damage to the aged, which carries a most of 10 years in jail and a high-quality of as much as $10,000.

His subsequent courtroom look in Harris County is scheduled for April 23.