A preliminary hearing in the Miles Bridges domestic violence case in Los Angeles was postponed for the seventh time on Monday and moved to November 3.
The “prelude,” as it is known, will be an important crossroads in the Bridges case as prosecutors will be required to provide evidence to prove that free agent Charlotte Hornets committed a crime.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gascon, did not immediately respond to an email Monday from The Charlotte Observer requesting an explanation for the recent delay.
Bridge Defense Attorney’s Office, John Barnett of Tustin, Calif., did not respond to the observer’s request earlier on Monday for an interview.
Bridges, the Hornets’ top scorer last year, was arrested on June 29 in Los Angeles and accused of hitting his girlfriend in front of their two children. Police described the incident as “intimate partner violence with injury”.
He pleaded not guilty on 20 July to three criminal charges: injuring one of the child’s parents; Two counts of mistreatment of children under circumstances or conditions likely to cause significant bodily injury or death. If convicted on all three counts, Bridges faces up to 12 years in prison.
The issue has remained constant ever since, adding to the uncertainty of the player’s status with the squad for next season, which begins on Wednesday.
Bridges, the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, became a restricted free agent in July when Hornets offered him a qualifying bid of $7.9 million.
This offer expired on October 1, meaning that the Hornets still have the right to match any deal they receive in the free agent market. But now, the team must renegotiate a new contract with Bridges if they decide to bring him back.
Prior to his arrest, Bridges was expected to receive offers of up to $25 million annually.
Depending on the outcome of his case, Bridges will likely face a tougher suspension from the NBA, similar to the 24-game penalty offered by the league. Ex-Hornet Jeff Taylor In the next 2014 Admitting guilt charges of domestic violence.
What can happen at the hearing
After Bridges’ arrest, the accused took to social media to share photos of her injuries and what appeared to be a copy of her medical report.
The report described “a severe victim of physical abuse by a male partner who was ‘assaulted by strangulation’. Concussion; closed fracture of the nasal bone. Rib contusion; multiple contusions; neck muscle strain.”
So far none of that has appeared in court.
Under California law, a preliminary hearing will provide a first glimpse into the prosecution’s case against Bridges. The government must demonstrate to the judge that there is “probable cause” to commit a crime and that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bring Bridges to trial.
The likely reason is a much lower standard of proof than “beyond reasonable doubt,” which is required during a criminal trial when jurors are deliberating on sentencing.
During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors can call witnesses and present other evidence, which Bridges’ attorneys can challenge. The judge then decides whether the case is dismissed or he can move forward.
For now, he’s still struggling.
In a separate legal matter, Hornets goalkeeper James Bucknight He was arrested Sunday and charged with driving while disabled. An examination of the monitor’s records revealed that the player faces a number of driving offenses in Mecklenburg and Caparrus counties.
Roderick Boone, NBA correspondent contributed to the Observer.