Trial for Panthers Greg Hardy set for November

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panther defensive end Greg Hardy's trial has been set for November.

A judge found him guilty last month of beating and threatening his ex-girlfriend, but Hardy's attorneys are appealing that decision.

Hardy was not in court Monday, but through his attorney he pleaded not guilty.

Hardy’s former girlfriend Nicky Holder said Hardy beat her up and threatened to kill her during a fight inside Hardy's uptown apartment.

Hardy's attorney waived his arraignment in superior court Monday and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The judge then set a trial date for Nov. 17.

Afterward, Hardy's attorney Chris Fialko indicated that trial date may not hold.

In a statement he said:

"I believe the state will try other much older cases on the November date and we will be assigned a date in 2015 once the master court calendar is established.  

I do not think this DA will leap frog Mr. Hardy's case over the many older ones."

The Nov. 17 trial date could be problematic for Hardy. It would fall in the middle of the NFL season.
    
It's not at all uncommon for these kinds of appeals to take many months to get to trial.

The DA's office didn’t respond to Channel 9’s questions about whether it would still shoot for that November trial date.
        
Hardy's attorney said while he expects a trial in 2015, he'll be ready in November if need be.

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