Crime & Courts

Trial date for Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy set for Feb. 9 in domestic violence case

Greg Hardy’s second day in court – this time before a jury – will be Feb. 9.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced the date Monday afternoon. The Panthers’ one-time Pro Bowl defensive end is appealing his July conviction for assaulting his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder.

The appeal will be heard in Superior Court and decided by a jury. District Court Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin found Hardy guilty at his first trial. In North Carolina, defendants convicted in District Court have a right to a jury trial in Superior Court.

The Panthers suspended Hardy for all but one game of the 2014 season, yet paid him $13.1 million. The team is not expected to re-sign him. Michael Gordon