He also pointed to a large bruise on Block’s eye, suggesting there was more to the story, perhaps a fight between the two men.
And while Block has a seven-page record, six pages are a single credit-card fraud case, the lawyer said.
As for the pills, McNaught said that Block takes them for “major back problems.”
Judge Robert Brennan set bail at $5,000 cash, noting the allegations and Block’s record.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.
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