Jermain Taylor pleads innocent; June trial date set

FILE - Boxer Jermain Taylor leaves circuit court in Little Rock on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Boxer Jermain Taylor pleaded innocent Monday to charges stemming from an August shooting at his Pulaski County home that injured his cousin.

Taylor didn't speak during the brief hearing, during which his attorney entered the plea on his behalf and a June 23 trial date was set. He faces charges of first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Taylor, 36, didn't answer questions from reporters as he arrived and left the courthouse.

His attorneys said they wanted to avoid a March or April trial date because Taylor will be training for a fight. Judge Leon Johnson ultimately set the June date and continued a condition set after Taylor's earlier appearance in district court that allows him to leave the state for training so long as he agrees to waive extradition back to Arkansas if necessary.

Authorities were called Aug. 26 to Taylor's home at 1 Vintage Drive about 6 p.m. after a report of a shooting there. The cousin, identified in a Pulaski County sheriff's office report as Tyrone Dawayne Hinton, 41, was found at a nearby Dollar General store. He suffered injuries that initially left him in serious condition. Police believe Hinton and another man with him drove to the store after the shooting.

Taylor was released from the Pulaski County jail the next day and in October regained a middleweight championship by defeating 40-year-old Sam Soliman.

Read Tuesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.