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Next hearing in Tinsley, Daniels case is May 22

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers players Jamaal Tinsley and
Marquis Daniels will not need to appear in court for their next
hearing May 22 on criminal charges related to a fight at a bar.

During a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Marion Superior Court,
Judge Lisa F. Borges said the two players can be represented by
their attorneys, James Voyles and Ralph Staples.

Tinsley and Daniels were in court but said nothing. Neither they
nor their attorneys had any comment following the hearing. The
Pacers host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

A grand jury last month indicted Tinsley on a felony charge of
intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct
and intimidation in connection with a Feb. 6 fight at the 8 Seconds
Saloon. Daniels is charged with battery and disorderly conduct,
both misdemeanors.

A trial date was expected to be set at the May 22 hearing, said
David Wyser, chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor's
Office.

Whether the case will go to trial or is settled with a plea
agreement is uncertain because the defense and prosecutors are
still exchanging evidence, Wyser said.

"It's too early to tell," he said.

According to a police report, the manager of the bar said
Tinsley threatened to kill him during the fight. The confrontation
with the players followed another fight involving a person who
employees thought was trying to steal coats from the coat check
area, police said.

Pacers players yelled obscenities at staff members, the report
said.

At some point, Tinsley punched bar manager Mark Nicholson on the
left side of his head, knocking him to his knees, the report said.
Nicholson said Daniels and another man began striking him in the
face. Other witnesses then separated those involved in the fight.

Nicholson's forehead was cut, police said.