Henry appears in court for pretrial hearing

Updated: May 6, 2008, 4:20 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Chris Henry was in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday, and the judge ruled that the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver can travel for tryouts with other NFL teams.

Chris Henry


Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Richard Bernat ruled that Henry be released from electronic monitoring and house arrest to travel for tryouts with other teams. Bernat had denied the request until Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

However, Henry must have a letter from NFL teams before he is allowed to travel for tryouts, the Enquirer reported.

"We're willing to give him some latitude given the fact that he obviously needs to find some employment," Bernat said.

The 24-year-old wide receiver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and criminal damaging dating to March, when a University of Cincinnati student told police that Henry punched him in the head and damaged his car.

Henry was suspended by the NFL for eight games last season because of earlier arrests. The Bengals released him after his past one last month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.