Trial for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy set to proceed Tuesday

jperson@charlotteobserver.comJuly 14, 2014 

APTOPIX Panthers Hardy Football

Carolina Panthers NFL football defensive end Greg Hardy leaves the Mecklenburg County jail after being released on bond in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Hardy was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.

AP

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May.

An official with the Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office said there have been no further delays with the bench trial, which was originally scheduled for June.

District Judge Becky Thorne Tin, who will preside over the trial, will try to determine what happened in the early morning hours of May 13 at Hardy’s uptown condo.

Nicole Holder, 24, a waitress at an Epicentre nightclub who used to live with Hardy, told authorities he attacked her during an after-party at his condo.

She accused Hardy, 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, of throwing her to the floor and into a bathtub, strangling her, slamming her into a futon that was covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her if she told anyone about the fight.

Holder said Hardy had been angry about her brief relationship with the rapper Nelly after she and Hardy broke up.

At Hardy’s bond hearing in May, his attorney Chris Fialko told Thorne Tin it was Holder who attacked Hardy.

During his 911 call to police, Hardy said Holder hit him with the heel of her shoe and would not leave his condo.

Jamie Adams, the assistant district attorney who supervises the prosecution of domestic violence cases, said last month Holder has been issued a subpoena to be in court Tuesday morning.

Adams said Monday she hopes Holder will testify, but declined to comment further.

Hardy, 25, is charged with communicating threats and assaulting a female. He could face up to 60 days in jail if convicted of the domestic violence charge.

Hardy spent a night in jail before being released on a $17,000 bond in May. Thorne Tin ordered him to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and turn over all of his weapons to sheriff’s deputies.

Hardy surrendered 10 guns, including six semi-automatic rifles and three 12-gauge shotguns. Holder had told police Hardy owned 25 to 30 guns, according to court documents.

Panthers and NFL officials have said they would wait until the legal process has taken its course before deciding on any possible punishment for Hardy.

The Panthers placed the franchise tag on Hardy this year after he tied Kevin Greene’s team record with 15 sacks in 2013. Hardy is guaranteed $13.1 million this year under the tag.

Tuesday afternoon is the deadline for the Panthers to sign Hardy to a long-term deal, although there have been no indications the team plans to do so.

Person: 704-358-5123; Twitter: @josephperson

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service