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Hornets' Taylor court date set for Oct. 8

POSTED: Sep 26, 2014 11:42 AM ET

By Steve Reedap

Associated Press


— Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor has a pre-trial court date on domestic assault charges set for Oct. 8 at East Lansing District Court in Michigan.

Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings announced the date Friday.

East Lansing Police said in a press release Thursday that the 25-year-old Taylor has been charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. According to the release, police officers responded to an incident at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Taylor, who is not married, is from Norrkoping, Sweden and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is unclear why he was in Michigan.

A jury selection for the case is set for Oct. 14, Dunnings said, adding that Taylor also has the option for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial.

The prosecutor said the police report will not be released while the incident is under investigation.

Taylor's pre-trial court date is scheduled on the same night the Hornets open the preseason in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

The Hornets cancelled a media luncheon with coach Steve Clifford scheduled for Friday. Team spokesman Mike Cristaldi said Clifford will instead be spending time gathering facts surrounding Taylor's arrest.

The team released a statement Thursday saying they are aware of the incident involving the third-year forward and are gathering more information. ''This is a matter that we take very seriously,'' the release said.

Taylor is the latest professional athlete in Charlotte charged in a domestic abuse case.

Greg Hardy, a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the woman said he threw her down on a bed of guns and tossed her into the shower.

Hardy is appealing the ruling and a jury trial is set for Nov. 17.

The Panthers removed Hardy from their active roster last week, ending three weeks of indecision regarding his playing status. He played Week 1 and sat out the next game before being placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission last week after the NFL came under public fire for its penalties in domestic violence cases.

The Hornets have their media day with player availability on Monday and will open training camp Tuesday in Asheville, North Carolina.

A second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed most of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but is healthy now.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight starts last season before suffering his injury in late December.

As a rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds for his career.

Taylor is the second Hornets player involved in offseason incidents.

Rookie guard P.J. Hairston has a court date set for Nov. 14 for a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery following an altercation with a high school basketball player during a pickup game in July. Hairston was issued a summons but police did not arrest him.

In court documents Kentrell Barkley, a senior at Northern Durham High School, said Hairston ''punched him twice in the head'' during a heated basketball game at the Durham YMCA.