Trial Date for Former BYU Players Postponed

Trial Date for Former BYU Players Postponed

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The trial date for three former Brigham Young University football players charged with sexual assault has been pushed back to an Aug. 24. start.

During a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Judge Samuel McVey said he would also consider a defense motion to dismiss the indictments against B.J. Mathis, Ibrahim Rashada and Karland Bennett. A fourth former player is being tried as a minor.

Attorney Jere Reneer, who represents Mathis, said he expects McVey to rule within a week on the defense motion to dismiss the indictments.

The four former players are accused or raping a 17-year-old girl at a Provo apartment last August. The 17-year-old 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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