Two men who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a case that involved NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris have been sentenced to 60 days in jail in Phoenix. Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Julius Kane began his sentence immediately Thursday while Christopher Melendez was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days of deferred jail time starting on Nov. 16, 2018.
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A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial Tuesday. The twin brothers were accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood in January 2015 outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix.
After the verdict was read, the Morris brothers said they were relieved and ready to get back to their teams.
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Jurors will return to the courtroom Monday to hear remaining closing arguments in the assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris Brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015. Prosecutors urged the jury last week to convict the brothers of aggravated assault charges. But an attorney defending Marcus Morris argued multiple witnesses’ testimony showed the brothers couldn’t have been involved.
Prosecutors urged a jury Thursday to convict NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of assault charges for their role in the 2015 beating of a former acquaintance in a case that has delayed the start of their season as they stand trial in a Phoenix courtroom with training camp now underway.
Prosecutor Daniel Fisher said Marcus Morris kicked the victim in the head and Markieff Morris acted as an accomplice because “they had an ax to grind” with the man who was beaten. The victim, Erik Hood, has known the twin NBA players since their youth basketball days, but they had a falling-out. Authorities say he sent inappropriate text messages to the Morris brothers’ mother.
Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments Thursday for the assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015. Hood testified last week his relationship with the twins became strained because of a misinterpreted text message. The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA if convicted. Marcus plays for the Boston Celtics and Markieff is with the Washington Wizards. The trial has forced the twins to miss the start of NBA training camp which began Tuesday.
The Celtics are also paying attention to Marcus Morris’ aggravated assault trial. Assistant general manager Mike Zarren recently spent time in Phoenix to watch some of the proceedings. “We’ll just wait like everyone else to see what happens there, but we feel good about what will happen,” Ainge said. “At the same time we understand what possibilities exist, but we’ve been keeping close tabs on the trial.”
A friend of the man accusing two former Phoenix Suns players of beating him in 2015 testified Thursday that she saw either Marcus or Markieff Morris, along with other men, beat the victim so badly that she had to take him to an emergency room. “He was like in a daze,” Sherika Sherad testified, describing her friend’s condition after the attack. “He was slurring (his words) sometimes, I didn’t know what he was saying.” Sherad, whose testimony started Wednesday and continued Thursday, told an 11-member jury that she called 911to report the Jan. 24, 2015, attack on Erik Hood. The Morris brothers played for the Suns at the time. They are standing trial this week along with a third man in Maricopa County Superior Court on charges related to the attack on Hood.
In July, Morris traveled to Las Vegas and participated in informal workouts with several teammates. He then returned to Washington and continued his offseason program. Later in the summer, however, Morris began complaining about deep discomfort as he exhibited symptoms of a sports hernia. Due to family reasons and the court case in Phoenix, the surgery has been delayed until the weekend just before the start of camp.
Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday in Phoenix in the aggravated assault trial of NBA players and identical twins Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris twins are among five men charged in a physical altercation outside of a high school basketball game in January 2015, while the twins were playing for the Phoenix Suns. Marcus Morris is currently a forward for the Boston Celtics. Markieff Morris is a forward for the Washington Wizards.
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