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Trial begins for former Phoenix Suns players accused of assault

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PHOENIX — A trial has begun for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, twins who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial’s jury selection will start Wednesday. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday.

The Morris brothers, who played for the Phoenix Suns, are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.

Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked and suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.

Hood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling out with them in 2010.

Two of the defendants associated with the case, Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez, pleaded guilty each to two counts of aggravated assault on Wednesday. Their sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.

The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.

Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July, and Markieff has been with the Washington Wizards.

KTAR News contributed to this report. 

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