Kobe Bryant Pleads Not Guilty

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NBA star Kobe Bryant has pleaded innocent to a charge of felony sexual assault. The plea came during Bryant's arraignment in an Eagle County courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Bryant is accused of raping a 19 year old employee of an Edwards
resort where he was a guest last June.

If convicted, the charge could carry a life prison sentence.

Bryant stood motionless before state District Judge Terry Ruckriegle Tuesday, and said only four words during his brief arraignment. He responded "Yes sir,'' when asked if he understood the charge and potential penalty, and "not guilty'' when asked his plea.

The judge adjourned the hearing shortly afterward without setting a trial date. A third day of this round of pre-trial hearings has been canceled.

As yet, no trail date is set.

There is also no word on the progress of discussions regarding the 19 year old accuser's sexual and mental history, and whether it will be admissable in court.

Another hearing is scheduled for May 27th.