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Pretrial conference set for Feb. 6

Updated: January 16, 2004, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Florida Marlins catcher Ramon Castro pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he raped a woman in his hotel room last August.

Castro was not required to be at his formal arraignment, so defense attorney J. Alan Johnson entered the plea for him.

A pretrial conference will be held Feb. 6, when a trial date is expected to be set.

Castro, a 27-year-old married father of two, remains free on bond. Pittsburgh police charged him Aug. 28 with raping a 28-year-old woman early ...

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