Phoenix Suns' Morris twins plead not guilty in beating case

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Markieff Morris #11 and Marcus Morris #15 of the Phoenix Suns await a free throw shot during the second half of the NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at US Airways Center on November 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Suns 114-112 in double overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Marcus and Markieff Morris, twin brothers who play for the Phoenix Suns, have pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felony aggravated assault. They are accused of helping three other people beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. Police say 36-year-old Erik Hood reported that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and large bump on his head. A call to the Suns for comment was not immediately returned. The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns. Their next court appearance is June 30.