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The trial of former NBA player Sam Mack and his brother started Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery.

They were arrested after an altercation with Mack's nephew last summer.

Mack, 34, and William Mack, 52, are accused of attacking Dewayne Perrian, William Mack's son, on July 29, 2003.

That evening, William Mack was released from police custody, and Sam Mack went to pick him up. The brothers then drove to William Mack's home, on the 14100 block of School Street in Riverdale. When they arrived in the late afternoon, they discovered Perrian had been living there without his father's permission, according to defense attorneys.

The Mack brothers claim Perrian tried to take some of his father's belongings, which led to an altercation.

Prosecutors at the Markham courthouse charge that the Macks beat up Perrian, 36. He suffered facial fractures, including a broken jaw.

"He was, in fact, attacked," Assistant State's Attorney Dan Herbert told Cook County Circuit Judge Paul J. Nealis during opening statements in the bench trial. "He was struck with a blunt object." Defense attorneys denied the allegations.

"There was no significant weapon used in this case . . . no firearm, no knife, no club or bat," defense attorney Barry D. Sheppard said.

Both sides agreed that Perrian tried to flee, causing the fight to spill into the front hallway and onto a neighbor's yard.

Sam Mack, a 6-foot 7-inch guard-forward, played for several teams, including the Houston Rockets, the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Miami Heat, as well as in the Continental Basketball Association.

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