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Former Alabama, Georgia player Taylor enters not guilty plea
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Alabama and Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has entered a not guilty plea on assault and battery charges in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court.

Judge Patrick Haggard told Taylor and attorney Kim Stephens that a status conference is scheduled June 30 with District Attorney Ken Mauldin.

Taylor, 21, has been arrested three times since March 2014. His arraignment on Tuesday was for felony assault and misdemeanor battery charges after allegedly choking and hitting his girlfriend with a closed fist in a Georgia dorm room last summer.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Taylor was kicked off Georgia's football team last July. After signing with Alabama in January, Taylor was dismissed by the university following his arrest 10 days ago in Tuscaloosa, though his accuser later recanted her allegations.