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Bills fan’s court appearance postponed to April 10

A Buffalo Bills fan arrested after he fell from the top deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium into the stands below, injuring himself and another fan, will return to Orchard Park Town Court next month for further proceedings.

Robert A. Hopkins, 29, of Buffalo, had been due in court Thursday before Town Justice Edward A. Pace, but the case was adjourned to April 10. Hopkins has added another attorney, Patrick J. Brown, who will work with Jeffrey Bochiechio, according to court officials.

Hopkins pleaded not guilty in December to third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors, in the incident at the Nov. 17 Bills game against the New York Jets.

A video shows Hopkins sliding in a seated position down a railing from the 300 level of the stadium, before toppling backward and falling 20 to 25 feet into the 200 section and landing on another fan.

Hopkins hurt his shoulder, while the man he struck suffered a head and neck injury.

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