Four defendants in UCLA's handicapped parking scandal pleaded no contest yesterday in Los Angeles to a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing parking placards as part of a plea agreement.
They joined nine other current or former UCLA football players who entered the same plea July 28 -- three weeks after they were charged.
Meanwhile, five others, including running back Skip Hicks of the Washington Redskins, who were charged Monday and scheduled for arraignment yesterday, were granted continuances until Sept. 30.
Charged Monday along with Hicks were quarterback Cade McNown of the Chicago Bear, safety Larry Atkins of the Kansas City Chiefs, former linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and defensive back Eric Whitfield, a member of the current team who also served a two-game suspension.
All were said to have illegally obtained the handicapped parking placards in 1996 and 1997.
"We looked at these cases long and hard before we filed them," deputy city attorney Brian Williams said of his office's latest action. "We know we can prove the cases, there's no doubt about that.
"We're alleging there is a false name on the application, or the doctor who signed it says she didn't."
McNown's attorney, Ronald Safer, refused to say how his client would plead, but said the Bears rookie was "deeply troubled" by the charge, and was legitimately entitled to the placard when he used it briefly nearly three years ago.
Mark Reynosa and Duval Hicks, who played for the Bruins last year, and Durell Price and James Ghezzi, members of this year's team, entered their no contest pleas before Municipal Judge Sam Ohta.