A witness identified the 22-year-old nephew of New York Giants owner John Mara as the person he saw hit a man in the head with a bottle during a New Year's Eve party, an arrest affidavit says.
The nephew, also named John Mara, was arrested by Fairfield police last week and posted $150,000 bail.
The Mount Kisco, N.Y., resident is to be arraigned on March 8 in Bridgeport Superior Court on first-degree assault and breach of peace charges. Mara's lawyer, William Dow III, said Mara will plead not guilty and he's confident a jury will agree.
''We'll address the charges in court, not in the media,'' Dow said Thursday.
The alleged victim, Philip Blackman, said he had no recollection of the assault. He said doctors told him that if he had not gotten to the hospital and had emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain he might have died that night, according to the arrest affidavit, which says he suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage.