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Ex-Raven Damien Berry gets March court date in Howard County

Former Baltimore Raven Damien Jamaar Berry is scheduled to go to trial in March in Howard County on charges that he wrote a bad check to buy an SUV worth more than $100,000.

Berry, 27, a reserve running back, appeared Monday afternoon in Howard County Circuit Court in Ellicott City, where he is facing felony charges of theft of more than $100,000, passing a bad check of more than $100,000 and vehicle theft, as well as a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal of property.

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Wearing jeans, a red and black flannel shirt and a black leather jacket, Berry spoke only to acknowledge he understood instructions from Judge Dennis M. Sweeney. He did not enter a plea to the charges.

Berry's attorney, Robert N. Keehner, and prosecutors agreed to hold a pre-trial motions hearing on March 4 followed by a trial on March 22.

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Berry and Keehner declined to comment after the brief hearing.

The charges stem from a purchase of a 2015 Land Rover Range Rover from a Clarksville dealership. Berry is accused of writing a check for $106,024 from a closed account to buy the vehicle, according to the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

Berry initially was charged in March in Howard County District Court, was picked up on a warrant in Lee County in Florida in May and was extradited to Maryland.

He showed up for a court date in Howard County District Court in July and asked for a jury trial, which moved the case to Howard County Circuit Court.

Then in August, Berry failed to appear in court for a settlement conference in the case and a judge issued a warrant.

Berry was picked up in Florida on Nov. 1 after police said he lead an officer on a chase while speeding in an ATV on public streets in Pembroke Pines. He also was carrying a loaded Springfield XDS .45-caliber pistol in his backpack without the proper license, police said.

Berry is a native of Belle Glade, Fla., and played for the University of Miami before being signed by the Ravens in 2011. He spent time on the practice squad and on injured reserve before being released in 2013.

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