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Not guilty pleas entered for four UK football players charged in air pistol case

Surveillance video from the University of Kentucky led to allegations against four freshman  football players that they were involved in an on-campus incident with an airsoft gun.
Surveillance video from the University of Kentucky led to allegations against four freshman football players that they were involved in an on-campus incident with an airsoft gun.

A lawyer for four University of Kentucky football players entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree disorderly conduct for a game of "manhunt" that sent the school into an uproar.

Jim Lowry appeared on behalf of the players — Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams — Tuesday afternoon in Fayette District Court for an arraignment. Lowry entered the pleas, and the judge scheduled a hearing for Feb. 4.

Attorneys said the four players were eligible for the diversion program, an alternative sentencing that is typically offered to first-offenders for misdemeanors, such as alcohol intoxication, ticket scalping and disorderly conduct. If the diversion program is completed, the charges can be dismissed and later expunged.

The charges stem from an incident on Sept. 28, when UK officials issued an alert about 10 p.m. after receiving a report of shots fired in the Kirwan-Blanding area. UK police searched the campus and didn't find anyone, but they later released a video that appeared to be the players who were seen by witnesses.

According to court documents, the players admitted that they and some other people were playing a game of "manhunt," in which they would go outside their dorm, "chase each other around and shoot each other" with BB guns. They had as many as four of the BB guns, the documents said.

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