Former NFL corner-back Brandon Browner pleaded not guilty Monday to breaking into an ex-girlfriend's apartment in La Verne and trying to kill her.
Browner, 33, is facing one felony count each of attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary with a person present and false imprisonment, along with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child. He is due back in court Aug. 29, when a date is expected to be set for preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Browner allegedly broke into an ex-girlfriend's apartment July 8, chased and dragged her and then tried to smother her in a carpet. The woman's two children were present when the alleged attack occurred, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
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Browner is also accused of stealing the woman's Rolex before fleeing from the home. Authorities estimated the value of the watch at $20,000.
Browner was arrested about 5 1/2 hours later by La Verne police and is being held in a Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $10 million bail.
Browner played on two Super Bowl-winning teams -- the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots -- during his 11-year football career, during which he also played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.