Former BYU Football Player Wants Trial Moved

Former BYU Football Player Wants Trial Moved

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- One of the four former Brigham Young University football players facing rape charges wants his trial moved.

An attorney for B-J Mathis this week argued that because of extensive media coverage and B-Y-U's pervasive influence in Utah County, the August 24th trial should be moved to Weber, Davis or Salt Lake counties.

Mathis, Ibrahim Rashada and Karland Bennett are charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at a Provo apartment last August. The fourth defendant is a minor and is being tried in juvenile court.

The girl said she passed out after drinking and watching pornography at the apartment, then was raped by several of the men.

Two other former players pleaded no-contest to lesser charges.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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