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Former NFL player Marshawn Lynch gets November trial date in Las Vegas DUI case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch on misdemeanor charges following his arrest a year ago on suspicion of drunken driving when he was found in a damaged luxury sports car on a downtown Las Vegas street.

Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Cedric Kerns on Monday scheduled a two-day trial beginning Nov. 8 on the charges, which also include failure to drive in a travel lane and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Lynch pleaded not guilty in March to all charges and did not attend the brief scheduling hearing, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. His defense attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, declined to comment to the newspaper and The Associated Press.

Police said Lynch, now 37, was found asleep about 7:30 a.m. Aug. 9, 2022, behind the wheel of an “undriveable” 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that had one front wheel missing and a rear wheel damaged and “about to fall off.”

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Schonfeld and Chesnoff have argued that Lynch was not stopped by police while driving and the vehicle was parked so he can't be charged with DUI.

In Nevada, a person in the driver’s seat of a vehicle can be deemed to be in physical control of the vehicle.

Lynch played 12 season the NFL, mostly with the Seattle Seahawks, before retiring in 2019.

He was a five-time Pro Bowl pick, amassing 10,413 career rushing yards and 85 rushing touchdowns from 2007-19 with the Seahawks, the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.