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Woman says Broncos’ Marshall ‘hit me in the mouth’

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Denver Broncos football player Brandon Marshall, right, listens as his attorneys Scott Smith, left, and Harvey Steinberg confer during his misdemeanor trial for alleged battery of an ex girlfriend, in Fulton County state court , Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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ATLANTA – Brandon Marshall and the Denver Broncos will likely have to wait until Friday to learn Marshall’s legal fate.

Marshall’s domestic violence trial began in Atlanta this morning, with the six-person jury selected just before noon EDT. The jury is comprised of four women and two men.

Opening arguments began 11:30 a.m. MT. with Marshall’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg of Denver, refering to what he has called shakedown letters. The letters sent to Marshall were drafted by separate attorneys representing Rasheedah Watley, the plaintiff in this case, seeking $100,000 and $500,000 from the Broncos’ wide reciever.

“Was this a lottery ticket that was going to be lost?” Steinberg asked.

Prosecuting attorney Robert Bembridge countered in his opening statement to jury: “Keep in mind who is on trial here. The defendant.”

The trial is not expected to conclude until Friday, the same day the Broncos play their first preseason game at San Francisco.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13053298


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