MMA fighter 'Mayhem' Miller pleads not guilty to resisting arrest

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Mixed-martial-arts fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller appeared in court Monday following his arrest in a barricade standoff earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of resisting and obstructing a peace officer.

Miller was arrested after a four-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies on October 9, during which he live-tweeted the incident from his Mission Viejo house on Avenida Calidad. Deputies arrived to serve him with an arrest warrant after he failed to show up for court to face domestic violence charges. He surrendered after SWAT officers breached the front door of the house.

Miller kept his answers short in court and refrained from posting comments on Twitter right before his court appearance on Monday. Outside the courtroom he said he did not regret tweeting.

"Number one, was my own personal safety," said Miller. "I just wanted to make sure that everything did go without a hitch, and unfortunately there was some trouble."

Asked why he didn't come out right away during the standoff, Miller said: "I don't want to get into details of all the case. I'm sure that there will be a time to tell everything. But right now I just want to go through the process."

The October arrest warrant was issued after Miller failed to appear in court on domestic violence charges in September.

Prosecutors allege Miller beat up his former girlfriend two separate times going back to July 2013, and violated a restraining order.

"Overall his conduct from about July through November: stalking, putting her in fear for her safety with repeated incidents of unwarranted and harassing behavior, email, via Internet, Snapchats, showing up places, that sort of thing," said prosecutor Heidi Garrel.

"I'm completely innocent," said Miller. "It's very unfortunate, and like I said, I will prove my innocence in a court of law."

After his court appearance, Miller went back to tweeting, saying, "Court went well."

Miller is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 1, with his trial expected to begin in January.

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