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Jury Seated In Robertson Burglary Case

October 14, 1996

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ A jury was seated Monday in the burglary trial of former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson, who is accused of stealing from his ex-girlfriend’s home.

Opening statements are slated for Tuesday morning in the case against Robertson, who once played for the San Antonio Spurs and last season was with the Toronto Raptors.

He was jailed from Aug. 21 until Thursday. Since his release, Robertson has been restricted to his home and ordered to wear an electronic monitor.

Robertson, 34, is accused of burglarizing the home of Sharon Raeford during the summer. In a separate criminal mischief case, Robertson is accused of vandalizing Raeford’s 1994 BMW.

In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Robertson said he is disappointed in the situation he has put himself in.

``You hate for something negative to have to happen to wake you up,″ he said. ``Obviously, I have to change my ways. I’m trying.

``I’ve got to understand that no matter how frustrated or angry you get, you have to realize you made the conscious effort to do those things. You have to know right from wrong. You have to be a strong person.″

Robertson had pleaded guilty to the burglary charge but withdrew the plea last month after state District Judge Raymond Angelini rejected the deal. Under the plea agreement, Robertson would have been sentenced to 10 years’ deferred adjudication and could have been fined up to $10,000.

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