Trial for Pacers' Tinsley, Daniels rescheduled for March 17

INDIANAPOLIS -- The trial of Indiana Pacers players Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels on charges stemming from a bar fight has been delayed a third time.

The trial was to begin Jan. 14, but was rescheduled for March 17
because a new prosecutor is handling the case, spokesman Matthew Symons of the Marion County prosecutor's office said Friday. The defense asked for the earlier postponements in September and December.

Tinsley was indicted on a felony charge of intimidation and
misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and intimidation
in connection with a fight last February at the 8 Seconds Saloon.
Daniels is charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both

According to a police report, the manager of the bar said
Tinsley threatened to kill him during the fight. The confrontation
with the players followed another fight involving a person who
employees thought was trying to steal coats from the coat check
area, police said.

Pacers players yelled obscenities at staff members, the police
report said.

At some point, Tinsley punched bar manager Mark Nicholson on the
left side of his head, knocking him to his knees, the report said.
Nicholson said Daniels and another man began striking him in the
face. Other witnesses then separated those involved in the fight.