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Former MSU Athletes Deny Charges from Scuffle

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Two former Montana State University basketball players who were arrested last week after a scuffle in front of a Bozeman bar have pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Marquis Johnson Navarre and William B. Bynum III, both 22, appeared in Bozeman Municipal Court on Wednesday on charges stemming from their July 30 arrest.

Police say Navarre was arrested after he was seen swinging at a man outside the Bozeman Hotel on East Main Street just after midnight. Officers say he resisted arrest and had to be shot twice with a Taser gun.

Court records say Bynum tried to pull an officer off his former teammate and was later arrested when he cursed at another officer who told him to get out of the middle of the street. Police say he pulled away and tensed his arm muscles as he was being arrested.

Navarre and Bynum exhausted their eligibility with the MSU basketball team at the end of last season.

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