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Alfonzo Dennard takes the stand in his trial

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

It's day five in court for Alfonzo Dennard. And finally today, the former Husker took the stand in his defense.

He's accused of punching a Lincoln police officer outside of the Hour Lounge bar last April. It all seemingly began after the now New England Patriot and 22–year–old Ben Samani ran into each other at a cross walk and exchanged some shoving.

That's when officer Benjamin Kopsa confronted Dennard from behind, but Dennard says he thought it was Samani.

Dennard's attorney, Terry Daugherty, asked him the following question.

"Prior to this person did anyone say anything to you? Did you hear anyone say stop, you're under arrest, put your hands behind your back? No," Dennard said.

Dennard was eventually taken to the ground by other officers. Prosecutors asked the following questions.

"Did you throw a punch?" Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Matt Acton asked.

"No," Dennard replied. "Did you strike officer Kopsa with a clinched fist? No. Did you hit him in the face, cheek, ear or jaw? No, sir. Did you hit him anywhere on his body. No, sir."

Dennard admitted he may have touched the officer upon turning around, but never punched him.

Ultimately, the prosecution said Dennard put himself in a poor situation and did in fact hit officer Kopsa in the face.

"You decided to put yourself in that bar break situation where people drink and people fight?" Acton asked.

"Right," Dennard replied

Just before 6 p.m., Bo Pelini entered the courtroom. There were speculations he may testify but did not. The jury will hear closing arguments Tuesday, since Monday is a holiday.

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