Next hearing in Tinsley, Daniels case is May 22

Updated: March 27, 2007, 11:01 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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