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Mayweather associate pleads not guilty to attempted murder

An associate of champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges related to an August shooting outside a Las Vegas skating rink.

Ocie Harris, 27, was indicted by a grand jury last month and faces two counts each of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

A trial was scheduled for Feb. 7.

Harris was accompanied by a bondsman for his court appearance and was expected to post bail, which was set at $140,000.

His defense attorney, Tom Pitaro, indicated previously that Harris works as a driver in Chicago and supports a girlfriend and several children. He said that Harris could not afford such a high bail amount and that it was “absolutely outrageous” considering Harris has no known felony or misdemeanor convictions.

Prosecutors had asked for $200,000 bail.

Authorities allege that around 10 p.m. on Aug. 23, Harris shot at a vehicle with two men in it, Quincey Williams, 25, and Damein Bland, 36, as they left the Crystal Palace Skating Center on Boulder Highway, north of Flamingo Road.

Authorities said the shooting happened after Williams and Bland were in a confrontation with Mayweather over allegations of a threat the boxer sent to Williams via text message a few months earlier.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Harris was employed as the boxer’s bodyguard at the time, according to witnesses.

Mayweather has not been charged.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

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