Ravens' Suggs rejects plea bargain in assault case

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs rejected a plea bargain in his felony aggravated assault case Friday in Arizona, and is now scheduled to go to trial June 13.

Suggs, 22, was scheduled to change his not guilty plea Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, according to court officials, but the case was continued again.

Negotiations between prosecutor Elizabeth Gilbert and defense attorney Larry Kazan apparently broke down after settlement conferences, and the case is now to be heard next month before Judge Jeffrey Cates. Kazan didn't return telephone calls.

Suggs has been charged with two counts of assault and has entered a not guilty plea. He had been expected to plea bargain down to a reduced charge Friday.

Suggs' case stems from a March 29, 2003 fight at Phoenix Municipal Stadium following a basketball tournament, weeks before the Ravens drafted him in the first round. Suggs is accused of hitting a man with a reinforced metal rod.

Suggs missed the Ravens' four-day, voluntary passing camp that began Monday. The 10th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft made the Pro Bowl last season as a linebacker and has generated 22 ½ sacks through two NFL seasons.

NOTE: The Ravens are holding their annual coaches' clinic today at M&T Bank Stadium. It will be hosted by coach Brian Billick and speakers include quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel and former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Tony Wise

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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