More Details On Jeff Hardy’s Court Hearing Earlier Today

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Hardy’s Case Postponed Again

By John Chappell (As of Thursday, January 20, 2011)

Champion pro wrestler Jeff Hardy’s court case has been postponed again.

According to his lawyer, Hardy was expected to take a plea bargain today in Superior Court to charges stemming from his 2009 arrest on drug charges.

But at calendar call, Assistant District Attorney Warren McSweeney told Senior Resident Judge James M. Webb they would need more time.

“Subject to Your Honor’s approval,” McSweeney said, “we have agreed to set that over to February the 16th in the morning.”

Moore County deputy sheriffs arrested the world champion wrestler in Sept. 2009 after a search of his home in Cameron discovered quantities of illegal drugs including prescription Vicodin and Soma, a quantity of anabolic steroids, along with a small amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

At the time, Hardy was charged with felony trafficking in opium, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. A Moore County Grand Jury later indicted Hardy.

The cases against Hardy have been continued a number of times, including twice this year. Hardy has remained free on bail pending his day in court.

Pinehurst attorney James Van Camp had advised the court in November that his client would agree to a non-jury resolution of the charges “in January.”

Apparently, Van Camp thought the two sides were closer to agreement when he previously advised the court he expected a resolution this month.

Courtroom observers don’t expect Hardy will plead guilty straight up to all charges, but rather will agree to some lesser plea arrangement.

Hardy, 32, and his brother, Matt, wrestling as the Hardy Boyz, were six-time World Wrestling Entertainment World Tag Team Champions. Individually, Jeff Hardy held the WWE World Champion belt at one time and the World Heavyweight Championship twice.

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