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Colts Running Back Pleads Innocent

April 1, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Dominic Rhodes, who led the Indianapolis Colts in rushing last season, pleaded innocent Monday to charges he hit and shoved the woman he lives with.

Rhodes was charged in Marion Superior Court with misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic battery. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Commissioner Julie Pitzer scheduled a trial for July 11.

Rhodes rushed for more yards than any other undrafted rookie in NFL history last season, gaining 1,104 yards, starting the final 10 games in place of injured Edgerrin James.

He surrendered last Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond following a complaint by Latrina Moore, who lives with Rhodes, the father of her 3-year-old child.

Moore said Rhodes hit her and shoved her to the floor after she confronted him about other women calling their home, prosecutors said.

Rhodes signed with the Colts as a free agent after rushing for a school-record 2,541 yards and 29 touchdowns at Midwestern State.