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Trial date set for Packers LB Erik Walden in domestic disturbance

12:04 PM, Dec. 27, 2011  |  Comments
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden was scheduled this morning for a Feb. 16 jury trial in Brown County Circuit Court on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a November domestic dispute.

Judge William Atkinson also scheduled a Feb. 13 pretrial hearing.

The scheduling was complicated by the Packers' post-season playoff schedule, causing defense lawyer Steven Richards to seek a date in mid-February.

Walden was charged as a result of a Nov. 25 dispute with his 24-year-old girlfriend in their town of Lawrence apartment. She sustained a bump and cut to her forehead and an injured thumb and originally claimed Walden pushed her into the bedpost.

She later claimed he was just defending himself, and prosecutors reduced the original felony substantial battery charge to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Walden faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press that the league will review the matter after the court case is resolved.

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