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Hardy's Trial Set For Feb. 9

Carolina Panthers defensive end will go to trial Feb. 9 on misdemeanor domestic violence charges in a case that involves his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. She has testified that, last May, Hardy choked her, dragged her by her hair from a bathtub, and threw her onto a futon with several guns on it.

In July, a Mecklenburg County judge found Hardy guilty of misdemeanor assault and threatening charges. Hardy appealed so that the case can be heard by a jury.

Hardy only played in one game this season. He agreed to go on voluntary leave after the season opener until his case was resolved. In the meantime, Hardy still received his $13 million salary.