Hawkins pled not guilty to all charges on June 1. | Kyle McCarty/Mustang News

Lauren Piraro
Special to Mustang News

The five Cal Poly football players arrested in connection with an attempted robbery last August pleaded not guilty at their arraignment this morning.

A trial setting conference for the players is scheduled for March 30, with Jake Brito attending a trial setting conference on March 16.

The trial setting conference will likely determine if the case is ready for trial, whether disclosure documents are exchanged and if discovery is finalized.

The players, Cortland Fort, Brito, Kristaan Ivory and Dominique Love already appeared for their preliminary hearing in January, when Judge Donald Umhofer ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Cameron Akins also appeared in court today.

Fort, Love and Akins are being held on nine charges, including attempted residential robbery charges, attempted residential burglaries and false imprisonment.

During the preliminary hearing, Umhofer dismissed all but the first charge — a conspiracy charge — for Brito and Ivory. Umhofer said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Brito and Ivory aided and abetted the crimes.

Akins is also charged with counts related to resisting an officer, in addition to the nine charges.

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