Greg Hardy Trial: Latest News, Updates on Panthers DE's Domestic Violence Charge

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Greg Hardy Trial: Latest News, Updates on Panthers DE's Domestic Violence Charge
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Updates from Monday, August 4

Black and Blue Review passed along the latest in Greg Hardy's trial:

Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reported on Hardy's legal proceedings:

Updates from Monday, July 28

Greg Hardy commented on his legal situation over the weekend, per David Newton of

Greg Hardy hates that his legal situation has been a distraction for the Carolina Panthers, but that was the only comment the Pro Bowl defensive end made Sunday regarding his May arrest.

'I hate that I have distracted my team,' Hardy said, the first time he has spoken to the media since being arrested and subsequently found guilty for assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend in May. 'Other than that I can't answer that question.'

Updates from Thursday, July 24

ESPN's David Newton reports what Panthers GM Dave Gettleman believes the league's response will be to Hardy's legal troubles:

Steve Reed of the Associated Press has more from Gettleman:

Updates from Tuesday, July 15

There has been a decision made in the Greg Hardy trial, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press: 

Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer reports on his sentence: 

Hardy will fight the decision, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer:

Hardy had taken the stand. Morgan Fogarty of WCCB Charlotte passes along details on the proceedings:

Becky Bereiter of TWC News Charlotte has more from Hardy:

Jones details the exchange between the State and Hardy:

Person provides more from Hardy:


Original Text

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's criminal trial stemming from domestic violence charges is still ongoing Tuesday and has featured plenty of bizarre twists and turns.   

There have been so many moving parts, in fact, that the judge has decided to go after hours to reach a resolution, per Steve Reed of the Associated Press: 

Hardy is accused of beating ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder at his home in May, according to Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer, but the accuser was not present at the beginning Tuesday's proceedings, per Reed:

The start of the trial was delayed as Holder and her legal counsel were given ample time to arrive. However, they didn't show up initially, according to Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer:

Even though Holder was not present, Sharon Smith of WBTV made it clear that the case wasn't a lock in favor of the defense by any means:

The expectation was that Holder would attend the first day of the trial, though:

Despite that, the trial eventually got started with Hardy pleading not guilty to the charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female that were levied against him:

The bulk of the intrigue surrounding the early portion of Tuesday's court date focused on testimony from police officers. Christopher Martin of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department took the stand first and repeated what he was told by a witness:

Martin also made mention of the accuser's state following the alleged incident:

Hardy's attorney challenged the notion that there were guns present at the scene, but Martin wasn't convinced:

Following the alleged assault, the accuser did not initially offer a statement to police:

Martin confirmed that she attempted to leave the scene:

Although the circumstances surrounding the incident aren't 100 percent clear, Martin was told by the accuser that her relationship with rapper Nelly was at the root of it:

Photos were eventually introduced with the first set showing supposed injuries suffered by Hardy:

That was followed by officer Abraham Kim showing photos of the accuser's alleged injuries:

Witness Christina Lawrence was then called to the stand. According to Reed, she confirmed that there were guns present:

Lawrence also said that she could hear the alleged altercation taking place:

Perhaps most importantly, Lawrence admitted that she didn't actually see the alleged assault, per Becky Bereiter of TWC News Charlotte:

The witness then seemed to contradict what she had said previously about hearing an altercation:

Much to the surprise of many, Holder showed up later in the day and was called to the stand:

Holder made it clear that her relationship with Hardy had soured after they initially started dating:

She then went into great detail regarding what occurred during the alleged incident that resulted in Holder filing charges against Hardy.

According to Jones, Holder claimed that Hardy strangled her and threatened to kill her:

When asked why she didn't immediately offer a statement to police, she said that she feared for her own safety, per Pamela Escobar of WBTV:

Holder also said that she thought somebody of Hardy's stature would get away with the alleged crime, according to Ben Thompson of NBC Charlotte:

The accuser was subsequently cross-examined by the defense and asked if she was the aggressor during the alleged incident:

Hardy's attorney also called Holder out for what he believed to be insincere answers, according to David Spunt of WBTV:

As pointed out by Thompson, the cross-examination made for some tense moments in the courtroom:

According to Jenna Deery of WSOC TV, one point of contention was the relevancy of the accuser's supposed drug history:

Holder ultimately admitted to cocaine use on the night of the alleged incident:

At this juncture of the trial it is difficult to get a true gauge of how things might ultimately play out. It didn't initially look promising for the prosecution when Holder was absent to start the day, but there is no question that her eventual testimony resonated more than anything else.

That will likely prove to be one of the biggest keys, although Hardy has yet to take the stand in his own right. With that in mind, the jury still has plenty to consider prior to making a decision.

Lots is at stake for Hardy since a conviction could lead to a significant suspension from the NFL, not to mention jail time. The trial has been gripping, disturbing and everything in between, but it isn't over by a long shot.

Hardy, 25, was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Panthers. He made the Pro Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2013 after a dominant season in which he posted 59 combined tackles and 15 sacks. It was his second consecutive season accumulating double-digit sacks for Carolina.


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