TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has entered a written plea of not guilty and been granted an arraignment waiver in a case in which he faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing.
The charges stem from a Dec. 13 incident in which Williams caused approximately $200 to the front door of an acquaintance, according to Hillsborough County court records.
Williams was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday, but due to the arraignment waiver, his case has been moved to a pretrial phase slated for 1:30 p.m. March 27.
The incident in question occurred when Williams "without being authorized, licensed or invited, willfully enter(ed) or remain(ed) in the property of Gabrielle Edwards,'' according to the charging document.
Williams "did willfully or maliciously injure or damage real or personal property belonging to Edwards, resulting in damage of $200 or less,'' the document states.
Stephen Romine, the attorney representing Williams in the case, told The Tampa Tribune today that he is confident the matter will be resolved before it reaches the pre-trial phase.
Williams, 26, averaged 64 catches each of his first three seasons in the league but is coming off an injury-shorted campaign in which he caught just 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games.
A fourth-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, Williams signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract last July. The deal calls for Williams to receive a $1.2 million salary and $1 million roster bonus, both of which are guaranteed, and a $600,000 workout bonus in 2014.