Morris twins acquitted of assault charges, now can report to NBA camps

Markieff Morris (left) and Marcus Morris, who played together at Kansas, were acquitted of aggravated assault charges by a Phoenix jury Tuesday. | John Sleezer |

By Gary Bedore

Former University of Kansas forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris were acquitted of aggravated assault charges by a Phoenix jury Tuesday and now are free to report to NBA training camps of the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, respectively.

According to the Arizona Republic, a third person, the twins’ friend Gerald Bowman, also was deemed not guilty of assault charges.

The three had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the beating of Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015, outside a gym where a basketball tournament was being contested in Phoenix. At the time, the Morris twins played for the Phoenix Suns.

According to the Republic, two men (Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez) had pleaded guilty two two counts of aggravated assault just before the start of the twins’ trial two weeks ago. They will be sentenced Oct. 16.

Marcus Morris told the Republic he was relieved at the not-guilty outcome.

“From the beginning, we expected them to acquit,” he told the newspaper, adding, “I’m going to Boston. Gonna get back with the team.”

“We put our faith in our lawyers,” Markieff Morris added.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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