Seton Hall Player Pleads Not Guilty in Robbery

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    Robert Mitchell #23 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates after a play against the Syracuse Orange during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2009 in New York City.

    A former Seton Hall basketball player has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbing eight people at gunpoint earlier this week.

    Robert Mitchell, a junior forward who played in 31 games this season for the Pirates, appeared in court in Newark via video conference Thursday. He's held on $650,000 bail.

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    His attorney entered the not guilty plea.

    The 23-year-old Brooklyn resident is accused of robbing eight people in a house in South Orange on Monday.

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    Police say Mitchell robbed the occupants of credit cards, cell phones, cameras and about $300 cash.

    Mitchell, who is scheduled to graduate in May, was kicked off the team Sunday by coach Bobby Gonzalez, who has since been fired. Seton Hall did not give a reason for Mitchell's dismissal.