Former University of Kentucky basketball player Ed Davender has pleaded not guilty to a theft by deception charge for allegedly accepting $4,000 from a Louisville man for college basketball game tickets and not providing the tickets.
Davender, represented by public defender Dennis Shepherd, entered the plea Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Davender is serving an eight-year sentence on numerous theft-related charges stemming from a UK basketball ticket scam and a drug charge. He was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on the theft by deception charge in October.
He is accused of accepting money from Richard Adams of Louisville from December 2009 through March for 14 NCAA men's Final Four tickets and not giving Adams the tickets.
Davender was first accused in the case involving Adams while he was on bond awaiting sentencing in the case for which he is now serving time.
Judge Ernesto Scorsone set Jan. 6 and Jan 14 hearing dates on the latest charge.
Davender is being held in the Blackburn Correctional Complex.