Former Oregon football player decides on trial

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 2:34 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon football player Cliff Harris will face trial in Hillsboro on a domestic harassment charge.

Harris appeared in Washington County District Court Monday and declined the opportunity to enter a one-year diversion program.

Harris is charged in connection with a May 3 argument with his girlfriend outside a restaurant.

His lawyer John Tyner told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/i7JJj5 ) Harris is innocent and the diversion program isn't necessary. Trial could begin as soon as June 20.

Harris was released earlier this month by the New York Jets after he was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. He had signed a reserve-future contract with the Jets in January.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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