July 12, 1996 in Sports

Miami Troubles Hit Courtroom In Three Cases

Associated Press
 

The Miami Hurricanes’ recent rash of troubles reached the courtroom Thursday with four players arraigned in three cases.

All four pleaded innocent.

Three players - receiver Jammi German and linebackers James Burgess and Jeffrey Taylor - are charged in the beating of a track hurdler at the victim’s campus apartment last month. They remain under house arrest.

Circuit Judge Michael Chavies set a trial date of Oct. 15. He’ll rule Tuesday on a prosecution motion to prevent anyone associated with the case from discussing it with the media.

Just down the hall in the Metro-Dade County Justice Building, offensive lineman Ricky Perry was arraigned on charges he put a loaded gun to a man’s neck and beat him last November. The gun charge carries a mandatory three-year sentence. A trial date was set for Aug. 5.

More recent charges that Perry beat his 17-year-old girlfriend last month were reduced to misdemeanor simple battery and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned again on the reduced charges.

“In my opinion, they are going ahead with the second case (against Perry) in bad faith because he’s a football player and also because it’s alleged domestic violence,” said Perry’s attorney, Mark Hildebrandt.

All of the players were present, and all declined to comment.

“Mr. German has been tried in the media,” said his attorney, Joe Rosenbaum. “We need to get this in a courtroom. It’s a very serious charge.”

All four players have been suspended by coach Butch Davis but hope to play for the Hurricanes again, their attorneys said.

Taylor’s attorney, Larry Handfield, said he had hoped for an earlier trial date in a bid to get his client on the field as soon as possible.

“He’s more frustrated and bewildered because he didn’t do anything wrong,” Handfield said.

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