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Judge sets robbery trial of ex-Auburn player

Mike McNeil. Source: Auburn Police Department Mike McNeil. Source: Auburn Police Department

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A judge says a former Auburn football player will go on trial next week on robbery charges.

Lee County Circuit Judge Chris Hughes cleared the way during a hearing Friday for Mike McNeil's trial to begin as scheduled on Monday.

McNeil's lawyer was trying to withdraw from the case, a move that prosecutors say could have meant a postponement.

The judge refused to let defense lawyer Ben Hand drop McNeil as a client, meaning the trial goes ahead.

McNeil is among four former Auburn football player charged in a residential holdup in 2011. Hand says McNeil turned down a plea deal and maintains he is innocent.

Former Auburn player Antonio Goodwin was convicted last year and already is in prison.

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