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Ex-Broncos WR Kircus misses hearing; arrest warrant issued

10/10/2008 - NFL David Kircus Denver Broncos + more

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- An arrest warrant has been issued for former Denver Broncos wide receiver David Kircus after he failed to show up for a court hearing.

His lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said Kircus didn't know he needed to be present at Friday's hearing.

Kircus pleaded not guilty to a felony assault charge stemming from a fight at a party in suburban Denver in May 2007.

Friday's hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 17. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 20. If convicted, Kircus could be sentenced to 5 to 16 years in prison.

An Arapahoe County sheriff's report says Kircus hit a man in the eye after being escorted from a house. The incident put the 26-year-old victim in the hospital with multiple facial fractures.