A police officer has denied the murder and manslaughter of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson.
The striker, 48, was restrained by police at his father’s house in Telford, Shropshire, on 15 August 2016.
PC Benjamin Monk, 42, of West Mercia Police, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday. His trial will begin next week.
Another officer, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, is also due to stand trial after she denied assault.
She has already entered a not guilty plea to a charge alleging she assaulted Mr Atkinson occasioning actual bodily harm
Jury selection has started and prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC told the court opening addresses to the jury are due to take place on 4 May.
Atkinson played for several others clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.