Former Richmond AFL player Jake King appears set to fight charges he made threats to kill over an alleged extortion attempt.
Mr King, 33, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday over allegations he threatened a man involved in a business dispute with Mr King’s former Richmond teammate Ty Vickery.
It is understood Mr Vickery believed a business partner in his Hawthorn East restaurant, Fat Monkey, owed him more than $100,000.
Mr Vickery is understood to have discussed this belief with Mr King.
Mr King and Mr Vickery were arrested in July and the latter was charged with making a threat to kill and other offices.
Mr Vickery, who on Wednesday announced his retirement from the AFL after a stint with Hawthorn, was not charged.
Defence counsel Geoffrey Steward, representing Mr King, told the court a contest hearing had been booked for early next year.
But Mr Steward said he had had “fruitful discussions” with police prosecutors, and was hopeful “something tangible will arise as a result of the contest [hearing]”.
In opposing a media application for access to court documents, Mr Steward said some of the charges Mr King faced might not proceed or could be withdrawn by police.
Mr King, who played 107 games from Richmond between 2007 and 2014, had his bail extended and is due to return to court on January 30.
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