A plea of not guilty was entered Tuesday for former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray in Cooper County Circuit Court on one count of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
Ray was stopped for speeding and failure to drive in the right lane of a highway with two or more lanes April 27, three days before he was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
The Missouri Highway Patrol officer smelled the odor of marijuana, but not burning marijuana, upon approaching the vehicle.
Ray, who did not appear in court and remained with the Broncos at training camp, was issued a court summons and released at the scene.
His attorney, Christopher A. Slusher, also entered a not guilty plea on the traffic charge. The case was continued until Sept. 22.
Ray broke Missouri’s single-season sack record by three last season, finishing with 14 1/2 sacks and 22 1/2 tackles for a loss. He declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season and was selected No. 23 overall by Denver.