Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs rejected an offer to plead to a lesser charge Friday, setting the stage for a June 13 trial in Maricopa County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated assault stemming from a March 2003 brawl.
According to court documents, Suggs’ expected defenses at trial will be good character, self defense and defense of others.
Suggs, who starred at Arizona State University and was a No. 1 draft pick of the Ravens in 2003, is accused of attacking one man with his fists and another with rebar.
He has claimed that he showed up at a basketball tournament March 29, 2003, to pick up his cousin, who was playing, when he was attacked with the rebar by a man who had been feuding with his cousin.
Three other men, including Suggs’ cousin Donald Suggs, are charged with crimes for the brawl.
Suggs’ attorney, Larry Kazan, has been negotiating a settlement, but he and the prosecutor have been unable to reach an agreement, Kazan said last week.
Judge Jeffrey Cates had set a plea hearing for Friday, but it was canceled when prosecutor Elizabeth Gilbert announced Suggs rejected a plea offer.
Details of the plea offer were not immediately available.