Hearing set for July 26 in Owens child-support case

ATLANTA -- Authorities in Georgia say a court hearing has been set for later this month after the mother of veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens' child accused him of not paying all of the child support owed to her family.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge set a July 26 hearing to consider Melanie Paige Smith's request that Owens be held in contempt of court.

Smith's Atlanta lawyer, Randall Kessler, said in court papers that Owens has made payments but has failed to pay the full $5,000 due per month. Kessler said Friday he's hoping to hear from Owens or his representatives.

Owens, a free agent who played last season for the Cincinnati Bengals, is recovering from knee surgery and can't sign with a new team until the NFL lockout is resolved. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't return messages seeking comment.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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