By: Ashley Harding
After two delays, former Husker and New England Patriot Alfonzo Dennard is now on trial for assaulting a Lincoln police officer. Jury selection began Monday morning.
Appearing as calm and confident as he does out on the field, former Husker and New England Patriot Alfonzo Dennard arrived for day one of his assault trial. Last April, just days before the NFL draft, Dennard was arrested after Lincoln police say they saw him fighting outside of the "Hour Lounge" near 14th and O. When they tried to break it up, they say he pushed and punched an officer, then resisted arrest. He was charged with 3rd degree assault, resisting arrest, and felony assault on an officer. He was released on $500 bond and was drafted by the Patriots a short time later. His trial was delayed twice, once in July and again in November. The jury selection proved to be anything but brief. The questioning was long, but 12 jurors were selected to hear the case. As you may have expected, most were familiar with Dennard and his career as a Husker and Patriot. The trial is expected to last through the week and opening arguments are expected to begin first thing Tuesday morning.