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KSU football player pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Published 11:07 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Kentucky State University quarterback charged with second-degree animal cruelty unexpectedly pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Martez James is accused of mistreating a female brown and white pit bull by confining it in an unclean enclosure without enough food, water or shelter.

The animal was seized in June from James home on Landings Drive and given to the Franklin County Humane Society.

Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks said a plea agreement has been offered twice to James.

James, a Detroit native, was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday, but rejected Sparks offer and requested a public defender.

His next court date is Feb. 26 for a guilty plea or to set a trial date.

Franklin District Judge Chris Olds said James cant own or possess any animals or commit any new offenses in the meantime.

James gave up his rights to the dog in October.

James was also accused in September of groping a housekeeper in a Chicago hotel, but the battery charge was dropped Dec. 27 after the complaining witness did not show up in court.