Aggravated assault trial for Morris twins set to begin on Monday

Aggravated assault trial for Morris twins set to begin on Monday

Following the selection of an eight-member jury panel on Wednesday, the aggravated assault trial for the Morris twins — new Celtics forward Marcus and the Wizards’ Markieff — will begin next Monday in a Phoenix courtroom with the opening statements of what is expected to be a 10-day trial.

Indicted by an Arizona grand jury in 2015, the Morris twins (along with Gerald Bowman) are accused of playing a role in what was a five-on-one assault of 36-year-old Erik Hood following a high school basketball game in Phoenix. But both Marcus and Markieff have maintained their innocence, saying that they were at the game, but had zero involvement in the events that transpired in the parking lot.

Two other defendants in the case, Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez, chose to avoid trial and instead pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of aggravated assault, court officials said. Sentencing for Kane and Melendez is scheduled for Oct. 16.

Allegedly confronted for sending inappropriate texts to the Morris twins’ mother, Hood ran to his car but fell down before the five men punched and kicked him repeatedly before leaving in a Rolls Royce Phantom, according to police. Once a friend and mentor to the Morris twins, Hood was beat unconscious, and told police that he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head in the attack.

The NBA players could face a maximum of four years in prison if they are found guilty.

Markieff is entering his third season with the Wizards while Marcus, acquired from the Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley earlier this summer, is entering his first season in Boston, and has two years remaining on his current contract.



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